59. Lhamo Kyab

His slogans demanded the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet

Name: Lhamo Kyab

Age: 27

Sex: Male

Profession: Farmer From

Date of Self-immolation: 20 October 2012, around 2 pm (local time)

Location: Near Bora Monastery in Sangchu County, Kanlho, Amdo

Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Deceased

Father of two young daughters, Lhamo Kyab set himself on fire in Bora Village in Sangchu County on 20 October 2012. According to eyewitnesses, Lhamo fought off security police who were attempting to douse his flames, and ran towards Bora Monastery where he fell to the ground and died. He was reportedly shouting demands for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Following the self-immolation, a minor scuffle broke out at the site of the protest between Chinese security personnel and the assembled Tibetans who succeeded in carrying Lhamo Kyab’s charred body inside the monastery’s main prayer hall. The monks were therefore able to start chanting prayers for the deceased. A large number of Tibetans reportedly started congregating at Bora Monastery when news of the protest spread. After the prayer rituals were completed, monks and local Tibetans carried Lhamo Kyab’s body to his home. He is survived by his wife, Dorji Kyi, and two daughters — Pema Tso and Drugmo Tso — both under 10 years. Bora Monastery was also the scene of major protests against Chinese rule on 20 March 2012. More than 100 monks marched to local government buildings, displaying Tibetan flags and pictures of the Dalai Lama and shouting slogans for freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama.lhamokyab

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