96. Pema Dorjee

His Slogans: “Return His Holiness the Dalai Lama”, “Tibet’s Independence”, “Unity of Tibetans” and the “Land of Tibet to be Ruled by Tibetans”.

pemadorjeeName: Pema Dorjee

Age: 23

Sex: Male

Profession: Farmer

Date of Self-immolation: 8 December 2012 4:30 pm (local time)

Location: Near the main prayer hall of Shitsang Monastery in Luchu, Eastern Tibet

Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Deceased

Marking the death anniversary of the founder of the school of Tibetan Buddhism Gelugpa, Je Tsongkhapa, Pema Dorjee set himself on fire in front of the main assembly hall of Shitsang Monastery in Luchu. The anniversary, Gaden Ngamchoe, is commemorated by offering butter lamps in monasteries, temples, stupas and in private homes. A large number of Tibetans who were at the monastery to celebrate the festival, therefore witnessed the self-immolation protest by Pema Dorjee. He raised slogans calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Independence of Tibet, Unity of Tibetans and the land of Tibet to be ruled by Tibetans. The assembly witnessed Pema succumbing to his injuries at the protest site. Heavy restrictions have been placed around the monastery. Pema Dorjee is a native of Chokhor village in Shitsang region of Luchu. His village is located at around a distance of 30 kms from Shitsang Monastery.

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