109. Tsesung Kyab

Name: Tsesung Kyab

Age: 27

Sex: Male

Profession: Monk

Date of Self-immolation: 25 February 2013, 1:30 pm (local time)

Location: Shitsang Gonsar Monastery, Luchu County, Amdo

Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Deceased

Slogans: Not Known

On the same day, another monk, Tsesung Kyab, set fire to himself in front of the main temple of Shitsang Gonsar Monastery in Luchu County. Images received from Tibet show Tsesung engulfed in flames outside the monastery as pilgrims look on. At the time, many Tibetans had congregated at the monastery for a special prayer ceremony and ritual during which monks carry the Buddha’s statue while circumambulating the monastery. According to sources, Tibetans struggled with Chinese security personnel who attempted to extinguish the flames and remove Tsesung’s body. The bystanders were able to take his body to his home in Choekhor village for prayers and the cremation ceremony. Several hundred Chinese armed police arrived at the monastery, according to a source, and imposed restrictions in the area. It is believed that Tsesung Kyab is a cousin of Pema Dorjee (23), who set himself on fire and died at the same location on 8 December 2012.

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