Urgent: Candle Light Vigil Tuesday 5:30pm in Toronto for Pawo Lobsang Kelsang and Pawo Lobsang Kunchok
There will be a candle light vigil for the two Tibetan monks from Ngaba in Amdo (Ch. Sichuan Province) who set themselves alight after staging a peaceful protest this morning. Sources reported that Lobsang Kelsang and Lobsang Kunchok, believed to be around 18 and 19 years old, walked through Ngaba County market shouting slogans including ‘Long Live the Dalai Lama’ and ‘We want religious freedom in Tibet’. One of the monks is a relative of Phuntsok, who self-immolated in Ngaba in March.
For more information about the situation, please see below.
What: Candle light vigil
When: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Toronto Chinese Consulate, 240 St. George Street
Why: Prayers for the two martyrs and to demand the Chinese government for whereabouts of the two young monks which remains unknown, as well as to denounce China’s ongoing crackdown in Ngaba County.
Please bring Tibetan flags, placards, banners, and candles.
Please spread this information to friends/family in the Toronto area.
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organized by: TWA, CTAO, DCG, TYC, CTC, & SFT
News just came from Tibet that this morning around 10:30 (Tibet local time) two more monks of Kirti Monastery, Ngaba County set themselves on fire. Monk Lobsang Kelsang and Lobsang Kunchok staged a peaceful protest raising slogans like ‘Long Live the Dalai Lama’ and ‘We want Religious Freedom in Tibet’ in the Ngaba County market. They then set themselves aflame. The two monks were immediately taken by the People’s Armed Police (PAP) and Public Security Bureau police (PSB) after PAP and PSB tried to set off the flame on the two. One of the monks is feared to have died on the spot whereas the other remains in critical condition. It is not known where the two monks have been taken. Both are believed to be about 18 years old from Meyruma Township, Ngaba County.
Monk Lobsang Kelsang is a cousin of late monk Phuntsog who self-immolated on 16 March this year.
This unfortunate incident is the third in the year where Tibetan monks in Tibet, in a desperate act, set themselves ablaze. Ngaba Kirti monastery’s monk Phuntsog self immolated on 16th March to mark the third anniversary of 2008 Uprising and to draw international attention to the Tibet issue. On 15th August 29 years old monk Tsewang Norbu of Nyitso Monastery in Tawu, Kandze demanded for freedom in Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet before burning self.
Source: TCHRD – http://www.tchrd.org/press/2011/pr20110926.html
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