28 Monks & Nuns Self-immolated in One Year: Tibetans Call on the CCP to Think Over
March 14th is the 3rd anniversary of the "3.14 Incident"
On this day, a Tibetan monk set fire to himself to protest
the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) suppression of religion and culture.
On the same day, 4000 students paraded on the streets
asking for Tibetan language education in Tongren and Zeku County.
At the same time, 500 Tibetan monks and Tibetans
gathered in Tongren County Plaza.
They held photos of the Dalai Lama, protesting against
the CCP's rule in Tibet.
They expressed their support to the self-immolating monks.
Over the past year, there have been many self-immolation
protests in Tibet, leading to over 20 deaths.
To commemorate them, the Tibetan government in exile
organized a memorial on February 8.
Some Tibetan living in Tibet held Buddhist
activities on this day.
But the CCP named these activities as being induced by
the Dalai Lama and the government in exile.
Qinghai police ordered the Tibetans to “surrender”,
otherwise they will be punished.
In addition, the local authority said that more than half of
the monks in Tibet's Qamdo Karma Temple don't have a proper identification and were sent back to their hometown.
The authority asked them to do farming and controlled them
strictly with a rule stating that without local government approval, they can't leave the village.
Villagers and monks staying in the temple were forced
to speak on a stage saying they denounce the Dalai Lama and devote themselves to the CCP.
If they refused, they were beaten.
The Qamdo Karma Temple Management committee
filmed the entire condemnation process.
On March 14, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao told
Chinese and foreign reporters in Beijing that self-immolation is “an extreme behavior which hurts social harmony”.
The Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile spoke
with Radio Free Asia.
The reason behind the self-immolations is Beijing's policy
of repression and cultural genocide in Tibet.
Gongga Tashi, The Dalai Lama's Tibetan issue's envoy
in North America, spoke about the issue.
Under the CCP's totalitarian regime, Tibetans have
no freedom to use petitions, rallies, hunger strikes or other peaceful demonstrations to express their dissatisfaction.
Under this situation, they have to use self-immolation to
How can it be said this action is hurting the social harmony.
Gongga Tashi, "When Tibetans have a parade, the CCP shot
them dead in front of other Tibetans.
Didn't this action hurt Tibetans?
Didn't this action hurt social harmony?
So, Wen Jiabao was trying to use this argument to justify.”
Stability comes from the heart, commented Gonggar Tashi.
If the CCP wants Tibet to be stable, it must obtain the heart
of the Tibetan people first.
It needs to implement a policy that favors Tibetans.
To use violence to control will never achieve stability.
In fact, it's the CCP itself that pursues separatism,
to stir up a nationalist sentiments.
Gongga Tashi, "Recently, there have been 28 incidents
In principle, the CCP regime needs to think over
why such self-immolations have happened.
This is a very crucial factor. Unfortunately, the CCP didn't do
this, and didn't help to solve the issues in Tibet.”
At present, three Tibetan are hunger striking in front of
the U.N. Headquarters in New York.
They are Cheungsa Renboqie, Yeshe Tenzin from India,
and Dorje Jeb from the US.
They listed 5 demands that ask the U.N. to respond:
1, the United Nations to send an independent investigation team to Tibet to survey;
2, Pressure the CCP government to lift the informal
martial law in Tibet;
3, Allow independent media to enter Tibet to understand
the real situation;
4, Ask the CCP to release all Tibetan political prisoners who
are led by Gêndün Qoikyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama.
5, Urge theCCP to stop so-called patriotism education