Tibetan Self-Immolates in Kardze, Kham Region of Occupied Tibet

Still taken from video showing un-named Tibetan lying on the ground following self-immolation

Image: via Dossier Tibet

‘An unidentified Tibetan monk has self-immolated today in Karze, in the traditional Tibetan province of Kham. The Tibetan monk staged a self-immolation protest earlier this morning to challenge the communist regime. It further reported that local officials rushed to the scene and extinguished the flame some minutes into the protest.

The officials took charge of the charred body and carried away. No detailed information about the identity of the monk and whether he is alive or not is unavailable for now amid strict surveillance and heightened restrictions on information outflow.’ Source: Dossier Tibet

Tibetan Self-Immolates In Kham Region Of Occupied Tibet

The exiled Tibetan Administration has reported that a 24-year old Tibetan man, named as Pema Gyaltsen  self-immolated at around 4pm local Tibetan time, on March 18, 2017, near Tsoga monastery in Nyarong, Kham, eastern Tibet.

Pema Gyaltsen

Image: file photo made available to CTA

According to the report: ‘The police reportedly arrived at the scene and immediately took away his charred body. A minute-long video has emerged out of Nyarong today, which shows a huge police presence at the self-immolation site. There is no further information on Pema Gyaltsen and his current condition remains unknown.’

 

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

Image:via @lhasa_bhu1985