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Protest of sacrifice

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Twelve Tibetans have set them­selves on fire in a des­per­ate effort to draw the world’s atten­tion to the oppres­sive con­di­tions of Chinese occu­pa­tion in Tibet - 11 of them just since the mid­dle of March this year. Most of them were monks or for­mer monks of Kirti Monastery in Amdo Ngaba in the East. Five of them have died. All them shouted slo­gans before set­ting them­selves on fire. The slo­gans include calls for Tibetan inde­pen­dence, free­dom of reli­gion, long life for the Dalai Lama and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

Executive pro­ducer Rebecca Novick dis­cusses this dis­turb­ing trend with Philippa Carrick, CEO of the Tibet Society UK.

In the photo above: Tapey, mid-​​20s, in 2009; Lobsang Phuntsok, 21, Kirti Monastery, Ngaba, March 16 (died); Tsewang Norbu, 29, Nyatso Monastery, Tawu, August 15 (died); Lobsang Kalsang and Lobsang Konchok, both from Kirti September 26; Kelsang Wangchuk, 17, Kirti Monastery, October 3; Khaying, 20, and Choephel, 19, for­mer monks of Kirti Monastery, October 7 (died); Norbu Damdul, for­mer monk of Kirti Monastery, October 15; Tenzin Wangmo, 20, Dechen Choekhorling Nunnery, Ngaba, October 17 (died); Dawa Tsering, 38, Kandze Monastery, Kandze, October 25 (con­di­tion unknown); Palden Choetso, 35 (died).

Executive Producer Rebecca Novick pays trib­ute to these men and women here.


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