UPDATE: Tibetan Self-Immolates In Protest Of China’s Violent Occupation Of Tibet

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.

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Chinese Activist Sheng Xue Dedicates Poem In Honor Of Tibetans Who Self-Immolated

Sheng Xue, Prominent Activist For A Free ChinaImage: SFT Canada/Edited @tibettruth

Sheng Xue a respected and renowned activist for human rights and freedom presented recently a poem she composed titled ‘Light Me Up’ dedicated to those brave Tibetans who sacrifice their lives to demand national freedom for Tibet.

I opened my eyes in the morning
The room is dark.
I opened the window to welcome the gentle wind
The sky is dark.
I opened the door to greet the wild wood
The mountain is dark.
My heart opens to embrace freedom,
in a world dark and hard.

I didn’t want much,
to hope the yak in the mountains can freely run.
That the eagle can crown the turqoise sky,
to hear the monks chanting in the temple.
I just want to see His Holiness at least once in my life time.
I keep them as dreams in my heart, I don’t dare to ask.

But there is no light,
the darkness expands.
Filling all the space
and tearing at the sun’s rays.
Suffocating each and every breath,
it builds up and strives to quell my hopeful heart.

I want to run, run, and run.
but the temple demolished, broken, shattered.
The debris like the bodies of history piled upon a bloody hill
Each step along the road to Lhasa under the shadow of the gun,
streets full of tanks and check-points.

Where can I hide
What should I try
Who will listen to my cry
And how can I die

I can no longer remember,
what does light look like?
I can no longer remember,
the healing touch of sunshine.
I can no longer remember
the feeling of a sweet night,
nor recall the five noble colors of prayer flags.
I saw a dim light in a death cup
I should light myself up

Light me up
Light me up
Light me up

I’d rather die for my ideals
If I cannot live with my beliefs
light it up with a style,
light it up for a life more real.

The light grows more intense,
blinding brightness the flames
reach to the sky.
The Himalaya became a prayer
and forever I left the fear.
Light me up,
the sounds of flames singing with the wind.
Light me up,
the excited fire dancing like the sea’s wave.

The burning ocean consumes,
kiss me, touch me.
Hold me like a baby
once, once and once again.
I must return
I have to come back with the light
Light for freedom, religion, dignity, culture, language and human rights.

Light me up
Light the mountain up
Light the river up
Light the sky up
Let the flame burned up the darkness

Light the sun up
Let it shine
Let it blaze for all lives
Let it’s luminous rays dispel the shadows in Tibet
Shining Tibet shining bright!

Another Tibetan Burns To Remind The World That Tibet Demands Independence

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Reports have broken that on February 29, 2016 a Tibetan monk, named as Kalsang Wangdu self-immolated in Kardze, Kham region of occupied Tibet. Engulfed in flames he is reported to have demanded complete independence for Tibet before being fatally consumed in the blaze.

Kalsang Wangdu Sacrificed His Life To Demand Tibetan Independence

Kalsang Wangdu Sacrificed His Life To Demand Tibetan Independence

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Tibetan Monk Self-Immolates In Kham Region Of Tibet

Reports today of another Tibetan self-immolation in protest against China’s illegal and violent occupation of Tibet. According to account around 4 Pm local time a Tibetan monk engulfed himself in flame in downtown Kyegudo, a town in Tibet’s Kham region.

Photo via Lobsang Jinpa

UPDATE July 10

Confirmed information that this latest Tibetan to sacrifice their life to oppose and expose the tyranny of Chinese rule in Tibet was named Mr Sonam Tobgyal, aged 26.

 

Tibetan Self-Immolates In Tawu, Kham Region Of Tibet

Tenzin Gyatso Self-Immolated Against China's Brutal Occupation Of Tibet

Tenzin Gyatso Self-Immolated Against China’s Brutal Occupation Of Tibet

Image: via Tibet Times

Breaking reports of another self-immolation this time in Tawu, Kham region of Eastern Tibet. According to the Tibet Times about 8.00 pm local Tibetan time today Mr Tenzin Gyatso said to be aged 35, and a father of four children, engulfed himself in flame to demonstrate against China’s illegal and vicious occupation of Tibet. The oppression is ceaseless and Tenzin’s town of Tawu has recently been placed under a military lock-down with Tibetans under a suffocating degree of control. At the time of writing his condition remains unclear.