A Tibetan monk from Kirti monastery named Tape was shot by Chinese police in Tibet yesterday when he self-immolated at the crossroads of the main market in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) town. We don’t know if he’s alive or dead, but we assume he is dead. Reports indicate that hundreds of Tibetans have already gone to his home village to conduct prayers.
This is the first time that I have ever heard of a self-immolation protest in Tibet although it has happened in India a number of times. In 1998, a Tibetan man named Thupten Ngodup died after he self-immolated in New Delhi at the Tibetan Youth Congress organized hunger strike. It was an awful scene caught on tape that haunts every Tibetan who has seen it.
When the Indian police saw the Thupten Ngodup was on fire, they tried to save his life. When the Chinese police saw that Tape was on fire, they shot him.