onsdag 9. mars 2022

Potala Palace self-immolation protester identified as popular Tibetan singer

A Tibetan man who shouted slogans and set himself on fire last week in a protest in front of the iconic Potala Palace in the Tibet regional capital Lhasa has been identified as a popular contemporary Tibetan singer, sources in the region and in India told RFA Saturday. Tsewang Norbu, 25, died after his Feb. 25 self-immolation. Initial accounts said he was thwarted by police, but RFA later confirmed that he was taken away immediately after he had burned himself.

“Tsewang Norbu tried to protest the Chinese government by attempting to self-immolate and according to few of my reliable sources from inside Tibet, (he) has died,” a Tibetan living in exile told RFA.

The date and place of his death could not immediately be confirmed. RFA could not reach his family and relatives in Lhasa. Norbu’s mother, Sonam Wangmo, is also a well-known artist in China, the exile source said. The singer's uncle, Sogkhar Lodoe, is one of the longest-serving known Tibetan political prisoners, have already served 23 years in prison for two previous convictions when he was given an 18-year sentence for protesting in front of the Potala Palace in January 2018.