Media Advisory: Tibetans, supporters to hold solidarity vigil for Tibetan monks who self-immolated

MEDIA ADVISORY

September 27, 2011

Contact:

Tenzin Lobsang (English), National Director: 647.637.1810

Tenzin Chosang (Tibetan): 647.710.7815

TIBETANS, SUPPORTERS TO HOLD SOLIDARITY VIGIL FOR TIBETAN MONKS

CONDITIONS OF TWO YOUNG TIBETAN MONKS WHO SELF-IMMOLATED STILL UNKNOWN

[TORONTO] – Tibetans and supporters will hold a vigil outside the Toronto Chinese Consulate today in solidarity and commemoration as sources in Tibet report that two young monks lit themselves on fire yesterday to protest Chinese rule. The monks, Lobsang Kalsang and Lobsang Konchok, are from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County, eastern Tibet (Chinese: Aba County, Sichuan Province). Sources report the two monks staged a peaceful protest calling for religious freedom in Tibet and shouted slogans including “Long Live the Dalai Lama” before setting themselves on fire. Their whereabouts are unknown but reports indicate that one may have died and both may have been taken to a county hospital. The monks are reportedly around 18 years old.

Since January, four Tibetan monks in eastern Tibet have self-immolated in acts of protest. Lobsang Phuntsok Jarutsang, a 21-year-old monk from Kirti Monastery who self-immolated in March 2011 is the brother of Lobsang Kalsang, one of the two monks who is reported to have self-immolated today. In response to Lobsang Phuntsok Jarutsang’s action, Chinese forces ordered Paramilitary Armed Police to surround Kirti monastery. Hundreds of monks were forcibly removed, dozens arbitrarily arrested, and armed blockades were set-up at entrances to the monastery. These repressive measures have exacerbated tensions in the region.

WHAT: Solidarity vigil for Tibetan monks who self-immolated and Tibetans in Amdo, Ngaba

WHERE: Toronto Chinese Consulate, 240 St. George Street, Toronto

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 5:30-7:30pm

Students for a Free Tibet works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. We are a chapter-based network of young people and activists around the world. Through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action, we campaign for Tibetans’ fundamental right to political freedom. Our role is to empower and train youth as leaders in the worldwide movement for social justice.

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