His slogans: “Independence for Tibet” and “Long life for His Holiness the Dalai Lama”
Name: Nyingkar Tashi
Date of Self-immolation: 12 November 2012 at 3:30 pm (local time)
Location: Near a school in Drongpo in Rebkong, Amdo, Northeastern Tibet
Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Deceased
As Nyingkar Tashi set himself on fire at Dowa township in Rebkong he was shouting slogans calling for the long life of the Dalai Lama and independence for Tibet. He died at the site of his protest. A source reported that “Local Tibetans took his body to his home, and the situation is very tense.” Before carrying out his self-immolation protest, Nyingkar Tashi left this last message: “We the million Tibetans led by His Holiness Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama; want independence for Tibet. Freedom to learn our language, freedom to speak our language. Free the imprisoned Panchen Lama. His Holiness the Dalai Lama must return home. I am setting myself on fire to protest against the Chinese government. My father Tashi Namgyal and other family members, there is no need to worry and feel sad. Instead engage in spiritual activities and accumulate merits. My request is that every Tibetan must learn and speak Tibetan, dress Tibetan and must remain united and rise up. Signed Nyingkar Tashi, 12 November 2012
(Translated from Tibetan by Bhuchung D. Sonam)
Nyingkar Tashi’s self-immolation coincided with a public meeting called by Chinese officials to look into the spate of self-immolations in the area. Nyingkar Tashi is survived by his wife Drugmo Tso (23), and father Tashi Namgyal (47), the source said.