A Buddhist monk named Tashi, 21, died of severe burns to his body after he self-immolated at an anti-Chinese occupation protest on 13 August 2012 in Ngaba County, Tibet.
“Soon after his self-immolation,” a Tibetan exile told the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, “[Chinese] People’s Armed Police including special armed police took Tashi to a hospital in Ngaba from where he was transferred to Barkham where he passed away.”
The following day, Tibetan shops and restaurants in the area closed to mourn Tashi and his classmate Lungtok, 20, who also died through self-immolating.
The British-based organization Free Tibet reports that these were the fourth and fifth deaths of Tibetan protestors in one week.
Free Tibet also reports that a protest against the death of Tashi was put down by Chinese forces, and that, the following day, 1,000 Tibetans demonstrated in in Rongwo Town, Rebkong, approximately a day’s journey from Ngaba after police dragged two Tibetan men from a car and allegedly threatened them with guns.