60. Dhondup

Name: Dhondup

Age: 60

Sex: Male

Profession: Farmer/petty business

Date of Self-immolation: 22 October 2012 at 9:47 am (local time)

Location: Labrang Tashikyil Monastery, Kanlho, Amdo

Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Deceased

His slogans: Not reported

Dhondup set himself on fire beside a temple called Serkhang (the golden house) in the complex of Labrang Tashikyil Monastery — the major monastery in the Tibetan area of Gansu Province. The self-immolation took place on the circumambulation route near the entrance to Labrang Monastery. Eyewitness accounts state that the flames produced a huge blaze and that Dhondup died at the site of his protest. Subsequently armed soldiers put Dhondup’s body in a bag and removed it, according to the report. When monks from Labrang TashiKyil Monastery later attempted to hold a prayer ceremony for Dhondup at the place of his demise, Chinese police sent by the local government, and the monastery’s Management Committee, tried to prevent the prayer service being held. Local Tibetans reportedly offered khatags (traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarves) at the place of his self-immolation protest. Dhondup was born in DhongNhe Do village in Denme Township, Sangchu County. He is survived by his wife, Drolma Tso, and their adopted son, Rigzin Choepel.dhondup

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