On December 2, 2013, thirty year old Kunchok Tseten set himself on fire to protest the corrupt and inhumane Chinese occupation of Tibet. That day he was heard shouting loudly as he ran down the road ablaze, calling for the long life and return of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama and for Tibetans to be reunited both inside Tibet and in exile. One report says that "Even after he collapsed on the ground, he was seen by local witnesses folding his hands together in prayer and uttering some words that were not audible." (RFA) Chinese security forces quickly took him away while he was still burning, despite the resistance of local Tibetans. It has been confirmed today that he did not survive his burn injuries.
Earlier this year he explained his actions by stating “I cannot bear the atrocities of the Chinese government any longer.”(FreeTibet.org)
Tseten was a father of two, Chakdor Kyab (4 years old), and Paltsel Kyab (3 years old). His wife, Namnang, as well as some other relatives have disappeared and are believed to be in custody. (x)
Tseten is the 124th Tibetan to set himself on fire.