Dharamsala holds prayer service to mourn self-immolations

DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration today organised a prayer service at the main temple here, to mourn and express solidarity with all those Tibetans who have self-immolated for the cause of Tibet, including Sangay Gyatso. 27-year-old Sangay Gyatso, a father of two children, set himself on fire in Tsoe, Kanlho in north-eastern Tibet, on 6 October. He shouted slogans demanding the swift return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet, and freedom of religion and language in Tibet. He died on the spot. Dokar Gelug Monastery, where the incident took place, is currently under the occupation of Chinese security forces.

Thousands of Tibetans, including the entire officials of the CTA attended today’s prayer service organised by the Department of Religion and Culture.

Since 2009, 54 Tibetans in Tibet have self-immolated demanding freedom for Tibetans and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.