The tragic series of self-immolations has continued in Tibet in protest of oppressive Chinese rule in the region.
42 year Tsultrim Gyatso of Amchok monastery in Amchok town in Sangchu County, set his body on fire at around 2:30 pm local time, and died soon afterwards, reports the Tibet Sun on Dec. 19, 2013.
A note which was apparently written by Gyatso read, “I am setting myself on fire for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the release of the Panchen Lama and freedom for Tibetans.” Gyatso was confirmed dead and his body was held at Amchok monastery where around 400 monks conducted prayers as part of the post death rituals for the deceased, according to Phayul.com.
Sources leaked the note which Tsuiltrim had handwritten in Tibetan prior to his tragic death from self-immolaiton. Gyatso is survived by his eldelry mother Lhamo Kyi. His father Tamdin Tashi died several years ago. Gyatso is the 125th Tibetan to set himself on fire in protest of the Chinese government since 2009.