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News from Ngaba on February 13th

February 17, 2012

At about 2.30 pm on February 13th, Kirti monk Losang Gyatso, age 19,
of the Badzritsang house in Naktsangma of Cha township, set himself on
fire at the top of the main street of Ngaba town shouting slogans of
protest against the Chinese government. His father’s name is Badzri
and his mother is Pekar.

In the same moment, armed police and special police officers came and
extinguished the fire and took him away while beating him. His present
condition and whereabouts are not known.

There are 7 members in his household, 4 brothers and sisters, of whom
he is the eldest. He is one of the best and brightest students in his
class, and has given class presentations many times.

Two Tibetan youths were severely beaten (by security forces)  at the
scene, and one managed to get away with help from public onlookers,
but the other was led away by two policemen. Witnesses said he was
bleeding profusely from the head and arm. A monk was also reportedly
beaten, but their names and places of origin are not known.

Armed police and special police deployed along the main street imposed
a clampdown, with an even larger number of checkpoints stopping and
searching local people moving around town, and stopped the public from
approaching the site of the protest.

Losang Yeshe and Kanyag Tsering
Kirti monastery in exile
February 13th 2012
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