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Forum Post: Tibetan Herder Dies After Setting Himself on Fire in Government Protest

Posted 1 year ago on June 17, 2012, 3:27 p.m. EST by YouKilledTamdinThar (31)
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Tibetan Herder Dies After Setting Himself on Fire in Government Protest

Another Brave Tibet Protester Dies In Hopes Others Can Live Free

(This is a photo of Janphel Yeshi, one of Tamdin Thar's many brothers and sisters who have willingly died for the freedom of others in the same way in the same struggle.)

By ANDREW JACOBS

BEIJING — A Tibetan herder in China’s northwest Qinghai Province died on Friday after setting himself on fire to protest government policies in the region, according to exile groups and Radio Free Asia.

The herder, Tamdin Thar, who was thought to be in his early 60s, self-immolated in front of a police compound in Markethang, a county seat in the Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, according to the group Free Tibet. Radio Free Asia said security forces immediately extinguished the flames but the man died a short time later.

A crowd of several hundred people, including Buddhist monks and local residents, quickly gathered at center of town and demanded that the police hand over his body, according to Radio Free Asia and Free Tibet.

The authorities, they said, eventually complied, returning Tamdin Thar’s body to his family, who then brought it to a nearby monastery in preparation for his funeral.

Since 2009, at least 38 Tibetans have set fire to themselves in a wave of protest that has defied an increasingly heavy police presence and Beijing’s efforts to paint the self-immolators as terrorists. Of those, 29 have died, according to the International Campaign for Tibet, an advocacy group in Washington.

Protesters who have set themselves ablaze often shout slogans demanding the return of the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader; several have left notes or videotaped testimonials condemning government policies they say curtail Buddhist practices and favor the Mandarin language over Tibetan.

Once largely confined to Tibetan parts of Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai Provinces, the self-immolations last month spread to Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, where two men set themselves on fire in front of Jokhang Temple, the holiest in Tibetan Buddhism.

Tsering Woeser, a Tibetan writer in Beijing, said the growing toll — and the government’s refusal to scale back its harsh policies — was dispiriting. “If the human rights situation doesn’t improve, such tragic incidents will keep happening,” she said in a phone interview. “Many Tibetans think the pain of self-immolation is nothing compared to the pain of living without religious freedom.”

Mia Li contributed research.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/16/world/asia/tibetan-herder-self-immolates-in-government-protest.html

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[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

we can all access youtube just fine, matthew. take your meds now:

http://occupywallst.org/article/sunday-nyc-silent-march-end-stop-and-frisk/#comment-765687

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

even your attempts at sarcasm are a failure, Matthew:

http://occupywallst.org/forum/do-you-know-what-a-sociopath-is/#comment-765684

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

what wisdom, Matthew! how 'bout free peanuts and 5 dollar bjs too?

http://occupywallst.org/forum/99-pays-no-more-loans-credit-cards/#comment-765671

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

ready to take ben's job, then, matthew?

http://occupywallst.org/forum/99-pays-no-more-loans-credit-cards/#comment-765666

Might be a good move for you. We could never be as disgusted with Holck as we are with Bernanke.

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

The backporch consensus, VQkag2, is that the reason you never post about issues on which you are informed is that you are not informed about any issues:

http://occupywallst.org/forum/99-pays-no-more-loans-credit-cards/#comment-765658

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

And yet another choice you may become acquainted with is payback, MattLHolck:

http://occupywallst.org/forum/99-pays-no-more-loans-credit-cards/#comment-765654

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

I can guarantee that the debt we owe you will be paid, MattLHolck:

http://occupywallst.org/forum/99-pays-no-more-loans-credit-cards/#comment-765644

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

Real freedom fighters worry little about losing property to searches, MattLHolck:

http://occupywallst.org/article/sunday-nyc-silent-march-end-stop-and-frisk/#comment-765637

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

educating yourself first rather than projecting your ignorance across the internet IS a choice, and one you obviously made poorly:

http://occupywallst.org/forum/99-pays-no-more-loans-credit-cards/#comment-765624

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

are you referring to your barber college alma mater, MattLHolck?

http://occupywallst.org/article/sunday-nyc-silent-march-end-stop-and-frisk/#comment-765619

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

if the 35 refers to IQ I suggest you high-tail it to Yuma, MattLHolck...

http://occupywallst.org/forum/may-day-san-diego/#comment-765614

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

Other than exhibiting cowardice and spreading ignorance, VQkag2, what is the purpose of your existence?

http://occupywallst.org/forum/america-loves-the-rich/#comment-765608

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

How do cowards like VQkag2 justify the oxygen they take from the rest of us?

http://occupywallst.org/forum/jon-steward-schools-a-bain-1er-this-is-really-good/#comment-765615

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

VQkag2: It is impossible to engage in intelligent discussions with propagandists posing as morons and vice-versa...

http://occupywallst.org/article/sunday-nyc-silent-march-end-stop-and-frisk/#comment-765602

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

The government only "intervenes" if it can gain oil and profit.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

even warmongers choose their battles

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

Tell us all how you decided this was a "Tea Party" posting, MattLHolck:

http://occupywallst.org/forum/personal-responsibility-the-moral-argument-against/#comment-765576

[-] -2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

I heard the Chinese have started to Unionize

and international production plans to move to Vietnam

[-] 1 points by YouKilledTamdinThar (31) 1 year ago

And what relevance does "what you heard" have to this posting, you idiot?