By Rachael Burford | Mirror.co.uk
ON THE WEB, 24 December 2017
Horrifying footage allegedly showing a monk setting himself on fire in protest over China’s domination of Tibet has gone viral on social media.
The video appears to show a self-immolation protest near Kirti monastery in Tibet’s Ngaba county, an area incorporated into China’s Sichuan Province.
Witnesses reported seeing the man raising a poster and then hearing him call out for Tibetan freedom before setting himself alight.
The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has said it is concerned about the number of Tibetans who are killing themselves in protest of Chinese occupation.
President of the CTA Dr Lobsang Sangay said: “Despite repeated appeals from the Central Tibetan Administration, at least 151 Tibetans have set themselves on fire inside Tibet since 2009.
“The Chinese government should realise that the cause as well as the solution to this wave of fiery protests lie with the Chinese government itself.
“The Chinese government should address the legitimate grievances of the Tibetan people and review their failed policies that has engendered the grim situation and Tibetans resorting to self immolation to protest the Chinese rule in Tibet.”
The identity of the protester and his condition after the fire are unknown.
CTA officials allege his body was taken away by Chinese authorities who put out the flames.
There have been 148 confirmed self-immolations in Tibet since 27 February 2009, when a young monk named Tapey set himself on fire in a marketplace in Sichuan and appeared to start a wave of protests.
Another two self-immolations are disputed.
Almost all of the protesters have been monks, former monks or nuns.
In 2012 the Dalai Lama said he does not encourage the self-immolations, but praised the ‘courage’ of the protesters.
He blamed the self-immolations on the Chinese domination of Tibet, describing it as “cultural genocide”.
In later interviews the Dalai Lama said he wished to remain ‘neutral’ on the matter.
Facing Death and Courage:
From has fueled Assassins thru rum bouyed Raj to the Isis suicide bombers emphasis has not been placed on mental clarity.American soldiers in Faluja used uppers and downers to keep alert and awake for days and the Isis suicide bombers are hopped to the gills on Tramadol opioid painkiller which causes feelings of invincibility but an awful withdrawal. Courage is sitting in lotus position while chanting prayers for peace or running aflame on willpower. Courage is not 1989 running down with armoured tanks over 1000 of the best and brightest of sons and daughters–as revealed by the British ambassador.
His Holiness neither promotes nor condemns the Tibetan self immolators.
It takes great courage to douse the outside and drink enough of the awful petrol to insure one does not end up in Chinese prison.
Historically no one has a greater love or nobility than to lay down their most precious life for fellow men.
Tibetans are bearing the evil Chinese cross in a nonviolent way.
Let us praise and honor these noble Tibetan martyrs.
So, if his holiness admires the ‘courage’ of self-immolaters, but allege neutrality on the issue, then the two positions turn odd. you can do or the other, not both.
if someone finds an act ‘courageous’, then logicians will says that one’s perception of courage is not neutral. you cannot find self-immolation an act of courage, and at the same time, adopt a neutral position.
Is this self-immolator a monk?