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Readers' Comments on "Beacons of resistance, not desperate acts by Christophe Besuchet"
I do not know if you are like me, but I find it extremely distressing to see how commonly the adjective “desperate” has been used by the media and Tibetans in exile to describe the self-immolation protests that have taken place in Tibet since 2009 — seventeen cases so far as I write this....
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carlo  

Location: Perugia (Italy)
Subject: Beacons of resistance
Feb 21 2012 07:13 PM

The cases of Tibetan self-immolation are now 25 and are not going to stop. We are not in front of "isolated cases". It is a movement. A resistance movement against a foreign occupation. Most of the Tibetan martyrs are monks and nuns. But theirs is not a moral or religious act. It is a political action. Probably the highest level of "militant nonviolence". The leadership of the movement is slowly, steadily - and finally - passing into the hands of the Tibetan people inside Tibet. These self-immolations are exerting an unprecedented pressure on the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala. The request coming from inside Tibet is clear: to develop urgently a gran strategy for a national liberation movement.
mepham  

Location: nyc
Subject: selfless s
Feb 14 2012 08:48 AM

Thank you Christopher you have given the the true meaning to the purest form of self sacrifice by the Tibetans in Tibet.
phunwang1  

Location: belgiu;
Subject: single pointed commitment and devition
Feb 09 2012 04:29 AM

I totally agree that self immolation inside Tibet is not an desperate act.Its is highest form of devotion and commitment towards once own religion master and his teaching beacause as a buddhist we believe live after death, so there is always next live but you cant have the same opportunity to display the act of courages and bravery in next live if remain silence in this live...i really appreciate those who hold such a view because its a correct view so plss add me in friend list so we can keep in touch to act something like tht in exile ..my facebook id is druk phuntsok
Sutse  

Location: Australia
Subject: Totally agree
Jan 31 2012 11:32 AM

The Tibetan self-immolation act is certainly not just an emotional outburst seeking for a media attention or just an indicative of Tibetans' despair or hopelessness in their struggle for freedom. When people take their lives because of mental illness or personal life crisis, that is sad. The act of Tibetan self-immolators is a clear symbol of Tibetan national spirit and courage - to reinforce to the PRC and to the rest of the world that Tibetans can do anything to fight for their right and justice no matter how long it takes - since there is nothing more precious than ones own life. Their brave act does contribute to the cause of Tibet in that it send a strong current of freedom for Tibet in the national spirit of Tibet. It surely brings unease to the Communist government of the PRC which is still working hard to secure a global leadership position by covering up all its crimes against humanity to its own citizens and to Tibetans. I do not beleive their act is a violence for it is not intentionally or unintentionally directed to harm any other beings, rather it is clearly thought act executed by their own free will with a very sound state of mind. It is to purely to save Tibet and Free Tibet.
Gangchenpa  

Location: NY
Subject: Bravo !
Jan 30 2012 09:38 PM


This is really a true interpretation of the strong resistance by the Tibetans inside Tibet against brutal Chinese oppression. Salute to Chris !
truetibet8  

Location: NY
Subject: Dharamsala throwing water on the aspiration
Jan 29 2012 04:43 AM

Who can not not be proud of these partriots, who are committing the ultimate sacrifice for the good of all Tibetans. But their efforts are being undermined by our own clueless Tibetan government officials and ICT, who should be most active. It is simply morally repugnant.
carlo  

Location: Perugia (Italy)
Subject: Beacons of resistance
Jan 28 2012 07:08 PM

Bravo Christophe, this is the correct interpretation.
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