101. Konchok Kyab

Name: Konchok Kyab

Age: 23

Sex: Male

Profession: Layperson

Date of Self-immolation: 22 January 2013, 12 noon

Location: Bora, Sangchu County, Kanlho, Amdo

Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Deceased

Slogans: Not Known

Father of a new-born ten-month old infant, Konchok Kyab (also known as Konba) set fire to himself around noon on 22 January near the local Bora Monastery. Konchok passed away during his fiery protest following which Chinese security personnel whisked his body away to an undisclosed location. According to reports from sources, a huge number of local Tibetans from the adjoining regions gathered at around 7 pm and marched to the local Chinese government office to pressure the authorities to return his body funeral rites could be carried out. However, the authorities responded with a strict warning prohibiting anyone from visiting Konchok’s home. Nevertheless the crowd insisted that if the authorities took such a hard-line stance, they would sit in front of the government office with their ritual instruments and perform the cremation rights right there and then. In the meantime a large contingent of armed forces were deployed in the Sangchu and Bora region. Konchok, who was from Gyara village in Bogtsa district of Bora Township, is survived by his wife, Kharmo Thar, and their newborn son.kunchokkyab1

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