A Poet and Blogger Self-Immolates in Nagchu

VOA: A 43-year-old Tibetan man named Gudrup self-immolated today and is believed to have died in Dreru, Nagchu in the China designated Tibet Autonomous Region.

Sources have told VOA that Gudrup was engulfed in flames and was badly burned when some Tibetans were finally able to take him to a hospital where security personnel forced the Tibetans to leave him in their custody. A doctor informed the Tibetans that Gudrup had died but the authorities have refused to allow his family to receive his body.

Gudrup was a writer and poet who had posted his work on blogs in the past, and two of his short passages have emerged, one believed to have been written in March 2012 when a crackdown in the Nagchu region resulted with nine Tibetans being detained for peacefully protesting.

In one of the writings, Gudrup laments Tibet’s recent history and calls for a future of unity and hope, and states that Tibetans are forced to go against faith and history to denounce the Dalai Lama and deny Tibet’s sovereign past. Both writing passages end with the hope that the righteous and peaceful voices increase in Tibet and that truth and justice prevail. It is not known at present if Gudrup had a family or children.  

Sources say Gundrup came to India in 2005 and studied at the school for newly arrived refugees in Dharamsala. Upon his return to Tibet in 2006, Gundrup was arrested and later released in 2008.

This latest protest raises the number of self-immolations in Tibetan regions of China to 53 since
February 2009.

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