On March 16, 2011, a young Tibetan monk at the Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, Tibet set himself on fire as a way of observing the third anniversary of the widespread peaceful protests that shook Tibet in 2008.
Instead of putting out the flames, the local Chinese police beat the young monk, adding to his injuries and spurring on his tragic death. This act created widespread resentment among the monks and caused the Chinese Communist Party to launch their “patriotic re-education” campaign in Kirti Monastery. The monastery, housing approximately 2,500 monks, is surrounded by Chinese armed forces, who at one point prevented vital food and other supplies from entering the monastic compound.
The local Tibetans fearing that this siege on Kirti Monastery is a prelude to large scale detention of the monks, have surrounded the soldiers blockading the monastery and have filled the roads to prevent Chinese trucks and vehicles from either entering or leaving Kirti.
The current situation prevailing at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba in northeastern Tibet is extremely grim because of the stand off between the Chinese military forces and the local Tibetans and if allowed to continue unchecked may become explosive with catastrophic consequences for the Tibetans in Ngaba.
Standing in solidarity with the monks of Kirti Ngaba and heeding numerous international calls for mass protests, hunger strikes and lobbying campaigns; local Tibetan organizations: Regional Tibetan Women’s Association of MN, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of MN, Students for a Free Tibet – MN, Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota and Gyuto Monastery of Minnesota are jointly organizing a massive Lobbying session at the State Capitol on Friday, April 29, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. followed by a Prayer session at Gyuto Monastery in Minneapolis from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.