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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:37 PM

Tibetans Have 'Sacred Duty' To Support Self-Immolations

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/10/exiled-tibetans-support-self-immolation_n_2109795.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Religion News Service | By Vishal Arora
Posted: 11/10/2012 2:58 pm EST Updated: 11/10/2012 2:58 pm EST


NEW DELHI (RNS) As the 18th congress of China's Communist Party began in Beijing this week, six more Tibetans set themselves on fire as Tibetan leaders say they are powerless to stop a growing wave of self-immolations.

In fact, exiled Tibetan political leader Lobsang Sangay said that while he highly discourages the drastic action, it is the "sacred duty" of the exiled community to support it.

"We have made so many appeals (to stop self-immolations), but they are still doing it," said Sangay, the political successor of the Dalai Lama, as the number of self-immolations by monks, nuns and others swelled to 68 since March 2011.

The day before Beijing opened its party conference on Thursday (Nov. 8) to choose new leaders, three monks, a man, a woman and a teenager drank gasoline and set themselves ablaze, according to tibet.net.


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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:55 PM

1. How does one support it?

But otherwise discourage it?

How does one wrap ones mind simultaneously around these mutually contradicting statements?

Maybe the only way to support it is with gasoline and a match. But I do not think that's what Sangay means by support.

I am utterly confused by this.

No. I did not click through. Nor will I.

If Sangay had half a heart, he would condemn this insidious practice in no uncertain terms.

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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:15 PM

3. He has been clear in his repudiation of the practice, but makes

the case that when it occurs, it is important to understand why and support the cause behind it.

Tricky line, there, but it's hard to argue against it, imo.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:00 PM

2. Interesting. I would like to see independence for tibet.

The rate at which china has moved Chinese into Tibet may mean it's cultural death.

No good out come, I fear.

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Response to xchrom (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:16 PM

4. I would like that as well, but have seen no progress in that direction at all.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:20 PM

5. The Tibetans have no international support.

Some movements get support - others - not so much.

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Response to xchrom (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:21 PM

6. Even when they go to the extreme of setting themselves on fire.

What does it take?

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Response to cbayer (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:39 PM

7. Oil maybe? I can only imagine their desperation. nt

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:42 PM

8. Isn't that what this is all about at it's root?

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Response to cbayer (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:49 PM

9. In the long run, possibly. How does it tie in? Thanks. nt

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:54 PM

10. My understanding is that for the last 10 or so years, the Chinese

have maintained an iron grip in order to control the oil.

Follow the money?

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Response to cbayer (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:48 AM

11. Thanks cbayer, will be looking into this more later. Interesting. nt

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