Self-Immolation—Tibetans and the Fight for Freedom and Independence

Tsering Kyi—a 20-year-old student—poured gasoline on and set fire to herself. She died at a market in Machu. Among her last words to her family, “We should do something for Tibet, life is meaningless if we don’t do something for Tibet”.

Jamyang Palden—a 39-year-old monk—set himself on fire in Rongwo. He was taken to the hospital. He survived but is critically injured.

Sonam Dargye—a 43-year-old farmer and father of three—drank kerosene and then set himself on fire. He did not survive.

These are just a few of over 30 monks and nuns who have used self-immolations since 2009 to protest the restrictive religious policies as well as China occupation of Tibet. Against the will of the Tibetans, China has occupied their country since 1951—thousands of monasteries in Tibet have been destroyed. Several hundreds of student recently took part in a demonstration to protest against China government for replacing Tibetan language with Chinese in school.

What has the world done to help these Tibetans—not enough.

As China increases its economic powers, the world will turn away from helping Tibet, ignoring their cries for help.

For example, during a recent visit to the US by China VP Xi Jinping, it would be a golden opportunity for President Obama to bring up Tibet issues. He chose not to. Why? Obama’s administration has increased the national debts over 4 trillion in just 3 years 2010-2012, with over another 1 trillion for next year’s budget. Obama will need China to continue to buy the bonds so that his administration can spend.

It’s time to take action.

Read and learn about the problems in Tibet.

Write to your senators, congressman/congresswoman and ask them to support the causes of the Tibetans against China.

One more thing…Vietnamese: don’t let Vietnam become another Tibet!

Ch3 Nguyen

To find out more about Tibetans’ fight for freedom, read more at these links:

Free Tibet

TibetTruth Blog

TibetNetwork.org

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