VOAPublished online October 6, 2012 by Voice of America’s Tibetan service.
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Sangay Gyatso

Sangay Gyatso, 27, self-immolated on October 6, 2012.

The fifty fourth Tibetan set himself on fire in an apparent protest against Chinese rule of Tibet and has reportedly died on the scene. The incidence took place near Kanlho Tsoe Dokar Gelug Monastery, located in Tsoe, Amdo, Kanlho Tibetan autonomous prefecture (Chinese:Gannan), in Gansu Province.

Exile sources state that Sangay Gyatso, 27, set himself on fire around noon local time, and photographs that have emerged show him charred and in flames.

Sangay Gyatso was a husband and a father of two, and made his living doing small business. His wife’s name is Dorjee Kyi, and his parent’s names are Gompo Dhondrup and Gompo Tso. Gyatso’s family came from a farming and nomadic background. Sources have told VOA that he had shouted for the swift return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet and called for religious and language rights. Choe Gyamtso, a former neighbor of Gyatso now living in exile has learnt that Gyato’s body was taken to his house following prayers done at the monastery, and that the number of Tibetans arriving at the house to pay homage was continuing to increase throughout Saturday. Other sources with contacts in the region say that following Gyatso’s protest, the area was extremely tense and that hundreds of security troops had descended on the local monastery.

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