In that tragic land, once a free and peaceful nation, reports today of a Tibetan who self-immolated in protest of China’s illegal and violent occupation of Tibet. Details are few at the time of this post. A Tibetan youth, named as Dhorbo, set himself ablaze on November 4 2018 in Ngaba region of eastern Tibet’s Amdo region self-immolation.
Image: courtesy of the bravery of Tibetans inside occupied Tibet
Thanks to those immensely courageous Tibetans for getting news of this to the wider world.
As the western world prepares to gather around the table to celebrate the festive season across the tragic lands of occupied Tibet, in Amdo region another Tibetan self-immolated in protest at China’s illegal and violent occupation. Details remain unclear, what is known however is that the protest took place on December 23 near Kirti Monastery. A video has been posted the appears to be cell-phone footage of the event.
The Swiss authorities were prepared literally to shoot unarmed Tibetans on the streets of Bern who had gathered to protest the visit of Chinese President, Xi Jinping. It mattered not to the city’s government that local Tibetan associations had already agreed to severe restrictions, imposed by the office of Municipal Security Director Mr Reto Nause. Nor were city officials reassured by a Tibetan committment to a peaceful and cooperative event. The priority was to take all necessary action, including state approved murder, to ensure that the Chinese visit was not threatened by non-violent Tibetan Buddhists. No high-powered assault rifles were targeted at pro-China demonstrators.
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Chinese tyrant, Xi Jinping is presently in in Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, trade, profit and global markets will of course dominate, while at a restricted zone in the city of Bern a Tibetan protest is to be allowed by the Swiss authorities. Unfortunately the Chinese President will not be exposed to the justified dissent and opposition of Tibetans, who are enduring the bitter Winter conditions to remind the world of Tibet’s plight. Why? Well, thanks to the priorities of the Swiss authorities the demonstration has been approved only with a number of conditions. These include it lasting only a few hours, ending prior before the arrival of Xi Jinping and being located in a location that will be far removed from the Chinese leader. So what we have is appeasement in order to protect China’s sensitivities on the subject of Tibet, while offering Tibetans a token and diluted protest.
News broke today of a Tibetan who self-immolated in protest at China’s violent and illegal occupation of Tibet, the incident happened around 5pm local Tibetan time. The man has been identified as Tashi Rabten aged 30 who engulfed himself in flames at Machu, within Amdo region of occupied Tibet.
Image: courtesy of Dossier Tibet
Many thanks to Claudio Tecchio of Dossier Tibet for the heads-up on this latest development.
It’s difficult to grasp the degree of terror, suffering and oppression which Tibetans have endured since China invaded Tibet in 1950. The instances of torture, loss and personal tragedy are of a magnitude that can be found in descriptions of genocide or prolonged war. there have been countless examples of Tibetans who when faced with China’s vicious tyranny have bravely resisted, sacrificed their lives to demand Tibet’s national freedom and to protest against the persecution and erosion of Tibetan Buddhism. All such accounts are deeply moving, demand answers of governments and the United Nations who have offered self-serving platitudes while appeasing the Chinese regime.
A report just released today, via Radio Free Asia, documents another such case, this time a Tibetan nun, named as Rinzin Dolma, who lived at the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, in Serthar County, Kham region of eastern Tibet who hung herself in protest at the forced demolition of Tibet’s largest Buddhist center by the Chinese regime
“Rinzin Dolma, a nun of Larung gar Buddhist center hanged herself to death when Chinese began demolition at the center on July 20, 2016.”according to RFA’s Facebook page.
The global religious and political community has remained virtually silent as this major seat of Buddhist learning is bulldozed into oblivion by the Chinese paramilitary, a silence that speaks volumes of their merciless in difference to the plight of Tibet and its culture!
Cell phone footage of Tibetans protesting against pollution of a river near Lhagang in Kham region of occupied Tibet, increased mining by Chinese companies is having a disastrous effect upon the Tibetan environment.
Within Tibetan culture fish are considered sacred and so the poisoning of this water and the death of so many fish causes anguish, as can be heard from the protestors.
This footage was uploaded across a number of social sites by Tibetans and also featured May 6 by Voice Of America. Unfortunately VOA reports repeat and endorse Chinese propaganda claims regarding Tibetan territory and so are misleading those who know little of Tibet.