London, Nov 8: Three teenage Tibetan monks have reportedly set themselves on fire pleading for the return of the Dalai Lama and calling for freedom from the rule of China.
In the first documented case of a triple self-immolation, the trio, aged 15 and 16, set fire to themselves, as they called for freedom for Tibet.
The triple self-immolation took place at approximately 3 pm local time outside the gates of the local Public Security Bureau office in Gomang Township, Ngaba County, Eastern Tibet.
According to the Daily Mail, the youngest monk, 15-year-old Dorjee, died at the scene.
His companions, 16-year-olds Samdup and Dorjee Kyab, were taken to hospital by security forces, the report said.
The paper quoted Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden, as saying that ‘they are the youngest Tibetans to set fire to themselves in protest at China’ s occupation.’
“These protests are aimed at sending the next generation of China’s unelected regime a clear signal that Tibetans will continue to fight for their freedom despite China’s efforts to suppress and intimidate them,” Brigden said.
“As the numbers of Tibetans willing to set themselves on fire grows, and protesters grow younger, the international community’s failure to hold China accountable becomes more outrageous,” she added. (ANI)