Tenzin Choeying, 20

July 14, 2017;

2017 / Tenzin Choeying, 20, a Tibetan student living in India doused himself with kerosene and set himself alight at the entrance to his hall of residence at the Central University for Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, shouting as he burned, “Victory to Tibet”. Students and staff extinguished the fire and he is now in a critical condition in hospital with over 60% burns. “I burned myself only for Tibet” said Choeying who is a member of the Tibetan Youth Congress chapter in Varanasi and the Tibetan Youth Buddhist Association. Phayul has reported that he is related to the writer and activist Tenzin Tsundue who they quote as saying, “I am proud of seeing a young Tibetan sacrificing so much for the Tibetan cause. At the same time being a brother, I am also concerned about him and his wellbeing”. Choeying’s parents are on their way to see him from the Kollegal Tibetan Settlement in South India.
According to latest updates, Choeying has 70% burns and is stable and being airlifted to Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi for further treatment.

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