“Two Young Tibetans Self-immolate”

For the umpteenth time, sad news from Tibet. This time it was twin self-immolations in Amdo:

Carrying Tibetan flags and shouting pro-independence slogans, former monk Tenzin Khedup, 24, and Ngawang Norphel, 22, torched themselves in Dzatoe (in Chinese, Zaduo) township, Tridu (Chenduo) county, in the Yulshul (Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the exile sources said.

Tenzin Khedup died on the spot while his colleague, Ngawang Norphel was badly burned and is in serious condition at a hospital, according to Lobsang Sangay, a monk in India who is from the Zekar monastery in Yushul, quoting eyewitnesses.

The two also left behind a suicide note saying they were unable to make a significant contribution to fellow Tibetans based on the conditions prevailing under Chinese rule, Sangay said.

“We could not contribute significantly towards the Tibetan religion and culture and we could not [help bring about] economic benefits to Tibetans,” the note read, according to Sangay.

“Therefore, we have decided to self-immolate with the hope that His Holiness the Dalai Lama may live long and return to Tibet as soon as possible. For the cause of Tibetans, we chose to die for these reasons.

“We also want to appeal to our fellow youth that they should not quarrel among themselves and they should not have any ill feelings against each other. Everyone should unite to uphold the cause of the Tibetan race and nationality.”

They’ve also uploaded a short video of it to youtube, which I won’t even link due to the extremely graphic nature of the clip.

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