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Tibetan father of two set himself on fire to protest China's rule in Tibet
The 27-year-old man, identified as Phakmo Samdup, set himself ablaze near a school in Dokarmo township Tsekhog County of Marlho, North-eastern Tibet (in Chinese, Zeku county in Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province) reportedly protesting China's failed policies in Tibet.
"Samdup burned himself on Wednesday evening, at approximately 9.20 pm locally and Chinese security forces took him to a hospital, although his condition remain unknown," a Tibetan living in exile told The Tibet Post International (TPI News) on Wednesday morning.
Another source in exile told the TPI News hat "the Chinese security personnel immediately arrived at the scene, quickly extinguished the flames and took him away."
"His burns were reportedly so severe that there is little hope of survival. "Samdup is survived by his wife and two children."
Sources also said that 'the Chinese authorities blocked all means of communication with the area following the incident, making it difficult to get more information on the situation inside Tsekhog County.'
The burning protest by Samdup brought to 125, the verified number of self-immolations since the wave of burnings began in 2009 in protest against Chinese repressive rule and of them 106 were reportedly passed-away from their severe burn injuries.
The Tibetan self-immolators called for freedom for Tibetan people and the return of Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.
The Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamshala, Indian has repeatedly urged Tibetans in Tibet to refrain from resorting to drastic actions such as self-immolation. The Beijing officials however subsequently accused exile Tibetans of inciting the self-immolation protests.