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domenica 24 dicembre 2017

Self-immolation protest near Kirti monastery

Horrifying footage 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 February 27, 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.

Horrifying footage shows 'monk setting himself on fire' outside monastery 'in protest over Chinese occupation of Tibet' Rachael Burford 23 DEC 2017

A young, former monk carried out a self-immolation protest in eastern Tibet on the evening of Saturday 23 December. Kunbey, who was around 30 years old, had previously been a monk at Kirti monastery and set himself on fire near the main gate of Kirti Monastery around 6pm local time.
Kunbey was originally from Chah village in Ngaba County and enrolled at the nearby Kirti Monastery at a young age.  He later left the monastery and around a year ago had moved to Meruma village (also in Ngaba County) with the intention of getting married.  One of his brothers remains a monk at Kirti Monastery.
A short video, which has been circulating on social media, shows the burning body filmed from a distance, while a women’s voice in the background can be heard chanting: “Gyalwa Tenzin Gyatso, khekyi thukjey sikgoe” (Your Holiness the Dalai Lama, kindly take care of him).
Security and armed police quickly arrived at the scene and took away the body.  They even cleaned the site where the self-immolation had taken place in order to erase any trace of the protest.
Kunbey was taken to a hospital in Barkham, a neighbouring county, but he succumbed to his injuries early the next morning, Sunday 24 December.  He was immediately cremated and the ashes were given to his family.  However, his father, Gya Kyab, was detained as the authorities claimed that the family owed tens of thousands of yuan for Kunbey’s medical expenses.
All the shops and restaurants in Ngaba county have been closed during 24 and 25 December as a mark of solidarity with Kunbey and his family.
Kunbey is the sixth Tibetan recorded as having carried out a self-immolation protest in Tibet this year. Last month, Tenga, a 63-year-old monk, set himself on fire in neighbouring Kardze County. 
Since 2009 over 150 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest against the occupation, human rights abuses and restrictions on Tibet’s religion and culture. The majority of these protests have been fatal.


Kunbey leaves behind a song which he recorded on the social messaging app Wechat:
“I am nowhere and leaving
You young people gathered here
Stay young and happy
Don’t fear of losing unity and be happy
I am nowhere and leaving
Friends since childhood
Don’t lose your smile
Don’t lose your jokes and laughter“
Information and translation provided by Tibet Watch

Tibetan self-Immolation protest filmed in Kardze 16 APRILE 2017

Tibetan monk dies in self-immolation protest against China NOVEMBER 30, 2017

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