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Tibetan man self-immolates in Kyegudo, Kham

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By Choekyi Lhamo

DHARAMSHALA, April 1: A Tibetan man has reportedly self-immolated in front of a police station in the traditional Kham region in Kyegudo on Wednesday according to, a site run by the exile Tibetan government. The self-immolation took place around 4 pm on March 30 near a Buddhist monastery in Yushul Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, according to the CTA-run website.

Radio Free Asia report suggested that the concerned man may be called Tsering Samdup or Tsering, according to an anonymous source from exile.  “The Tibetan who self-immolated is a very well-educated person. He was immediately taken away by the Chinese police and no one is allowed to meet or inquire about the self-immolator,” the source further divulged, adding that there are no particular restrictions in Kyegudo by the Chinese authorities for the time being.

However, the CTA report only confirmed the time and place of the incident and said no verifiable information is currently available on the name and background of the self-immolator. Following the news of self-immolation that surfaced on Wednesday, as many as 159 Tibetans since 2009 have now resorted to setting themselves on fire, as a radical form of protest against the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

So far this year, two self-immolations have been reported; earlier, a popular singer Tsewang Norbu, 25, had self-immolated in front of the Potala Palace in Tibet’s capital Lhasa last month on February 25. The information blockade in Tibetan areas have been intensified in the past few years, which makes it increasingly difficult for the news of any sort to come out of Tibet.

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  1. The Chinese illegal occupation of Tibet has been grinding for the last sixty three years. During this period, Tibet was brutalised just Ukraine is by Putin today. More than one sixth of the population has been killed and Tibet has been a killing field for the CCP. There isn’t a single family whose live has not been affected by the brutal occupation. If they are given a chance millions of Tibetans would attempt to escape the horrendous Chinese occupation.
    Wherever the CCP lays its evil hand, it brings misery, destitution, violence and oppression. Look at what happened to Hong Kong after it was handed over to the Chinese in 1997. More than a million Hong Kongers have left their shores and escaped to Britain, Canada, Australia, Taiwan and Singapore! The best and the brightest have all left because of the CCP’s oppression. More will follow climaxing in about four million Hong Kongers leaving their home and hearth for a uncertain future because of the CCP’s oppression. They are forced to leave just like the Tibetans after the occupation of Tibet by communist China.
    TIBETANS ARE NOT CHINESE. We are a unique people with a unique language, unique religion of Tibetan Buddhism and a unique culture derived from the peaceful religion. Just like Ukraine posed no threat to any country in Europe, Tibet posed no threat to any of its neighbours, China included. However, just like Putin invaded Ukraine by fabricating a lie, communist China invaded Tibet by fabricating lies!
    Owing to the illegal nature of the Chinese conquest of Tibet, 99.99% of Tibetans have no love lost for communist China! Most Tibetans hate the CCP criminal syndicate. However, the CCP is using brute force to reign in Tibetan resistance. Those who fall foul of the CCP are summarily executed, disappeared or incarcerated in solitary confinement for two or three decades where most perish through torture by hanging them up side down known to them as “eagle’s flight” with both hands dislocated from the shoulder! It’s so painful, one loses control of one’s bowel and urinary tract. Soon, the victim loses consciousness owing to the unbearable pain.
    Not satisfied with such cruelty, they use cattle prods in the mouth of male political prisoners breaking all the teeth and losing control bowel. Faeces and urine are discharged automatically without any control through extreme pain. For nun victims, they inserted cattle prod in their vaginas! JUST IMAGINE THE HORRIBLE PAIN IN SUCH SENSITIVE PARTS OF THE BODY!
    Hundreds of Tibetan prisoners have been subjected to such inhuman treatment by the evil regime. Thousands of innocent Tibetans have been forced to commit suicide by jumping from rooftops, from cliffs, running underneath cars or buses and slitting their own throats out of utter desperation.
    Since 2009, the monk Tape started a new resistance revolution by committing self-immolation against the reign of terror by communist China. This is unheard of in independent Tibet but since the oppression is so brutal, there is no other way of expressing their discontent except set alight their precious bodies. This is the most desperate cry of call for world attention to the egregious treatment of the Tibetan people by communist China. Most western media have so far ignored the cry of the hapless Tibetan people being bulldozed and annihilated by the most despicable regime on earth!
    As the ideological war heats up between communist China and the US led alliance, the issue of Tibet will once again hawk the limelight if the self-immolation continues unabated. While it has taken time to catch the attention of the world media, there is likelihood of a resurgent interest on Tibet if such events continue in occupied Tibet.
    Tibetans must learn from Ukraine-Russia war that if we have the will, there is a way! The mighty Russian army with no dearth of fire power and man power has been reduced to a ragtag gun toting bunch who have no guts to fight the highly motivated yet poorly armed and out numbered Ukrainian army!!! As they fought valiantly, the world took notice and the whole democratic world is now helping Ukraine in its war effort. Tibetans must learn a lesson from this David and Goliath clash and prepare to fight for our nation’s freedom!
    Dictator Xi is determined to invade Taiwan even though it might have dampened his enthusiasm after Russia’s poor performance in Ukraine. In the event of such an invasion, it’s also putting the CCP’s reign on the line. Even if it’s a stalemate with Taiwan, Taiwan would have declared Independence and humiliate the CCP on top of sustaining very significant destruction of its infrastructure the likes of we see in Ukraine but of all the loss would be the irrevocable damage to the CCP’s standing in the eyes of the Chinese people. This will herald the demise of the CCP. Tibetans must arm ourselves to seize the opportunity to regain our country. Every men and women must commit themselves in the liberation of our nation from the abomination of Chinese communist oppression.
    ༄།། བོད་མིའི་དཔའ་བོ་ཚེ་དབང་ནོར་བུ་དང་ ཚེ་རིང་བསམ་འགྲུབ་གཉིས་ཀྱི་གཙོས་བའི་དཔའ་བོ་དཔའ་མོ་རྣམས་རྒྱལ་གྱུར་ཅིག་ ཚེ་རབ་ཐམས་ཅད་དུ་མགོན་པོ་སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས་ཀྱི་མཉེས་བཞིན་དུ་རྗེས་སུ་བཟུང་དུ་གསོལ།། ཨོཾ་མཎེ་པདྨེ་ཧུཾ། ཨོཾ་མཎེ་པདྨེ་ཧུཾ། ཨོཾ་མཎེ་པདྨེ་ཧུཾ།།

  2. It is so disheartening to learn that another Tibetan has lost his life through self immolation. I pray for his soul and may it have a better rebirth. Out world is going through very precarious situation. The forces of evil, authoritarian regimes are grouping together in their quest for more power and control.
    I also understand the frustration, anger and despair we Tibetans have, especially those of whom live in Tibet under the Communist regime.
    Although it may seem like the situation never going to change and we feel frustrated, things change. Nothing remains same all the time (bad times and good times) So be well and be alive.

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