Kalsang Wangdu

February 29, 2016;

2016 / Kalsang Wangdu, a Tibetan monk from the Retsokha Aryaling monastery in Kardze, set himself on fire and died in southwestern China’s Sichuan province. Radio Free Asia reports their source in the region as saying “[While he burned], he called out for Tibet’s complete independence”. There are also media reports that “He raised slogans calling for Tibet’s complete independence…Passersby tried to douse the fire and rushed him to a hospital. However, he died on the way”. RFA reports that this self-immolation has not yet been confirmed. Wangdu’s parents are Sotra, and Urgyen Dolma. A candle-lit vigil was held in McLeod Ganj, attended by hundreds of Tibetans and supporters. Radio Free Asia has reported that Wangdu’s family are being pressured by local authorities to say he died in a house fire.

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