Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

'First immolation attempt' in China's Tibet

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
 
ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 06:02 PM
Original message
'First immolation attempt' in China's Tibet
Source: AFP

AFP 7 hrs ago

A former Buddhist monk has set himself alight in Tibet, a campaign group said Friday, citing Tibetan exiles in India and calling it the first such protest in the vast autonomous region of southwestern China.

The report from the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) follows a series of self-immolations by Buddhist monks and nuns in Tibetan-inhabited regions of the country, where ethnic Tibetans have long chafed against Chinese rule.

The former monk, said to be in his 40s, is reported to have survived and been taken to hospital in Tibet's Changdu prefecture.

-------

He attempted suicide after being caught Wednesday for illegally chopping down trees, it said citing local officials who called Phuntsog "eccentric" for brandishing a knife at a forest ranger he suspected of tipping off authorities.


Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/first-immolation-attempt-chinas-t...





Buddhist monks outside one of the entrances to the Kirti monastary in the town of Aba in China's Sichuan province, in October 2011. Rights groups say nine monks and two nuns have have set themselves on fire this year in Sichuan province, which borders Changdu, to protest against religious repression of Tibetan Buddhists, and that at least seven have died. Many were from the Kirti monastery



Refresh | +4 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
sulphurdunn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 06:34 PM
Response to Original message
1. Saigon 1963
When people begin burning and blowing themselves up to get your attention, you best give it to them or go home.










Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 06:40 PM
Response to Reply #1
2. Oh if only...
...The PRC has no intention of backing off. In fact, they're going into full search and destroy mode.

30 September 2011
China to Launch 'Third Battle Campaign' in Tibet

On 1 October 2011, China will be celebrating the 62 founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Such celebration is always preceded by tighter control and more restrictions in Tibet. This time is no different. According to www.chinatibetnews.com, in the afternoon of 27 September 2011, the Regional Party Committee of Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and the TAR government held a conference in Lhasa in preparation of the celebration for the founding of the PRC on 1st of October.

A 'Third Battle Campaign' was launched to ''win this year's stability maintenance'' during the meeting. Autonomous Region Party Secretary Chen Quanguo stressed on four points in the meeting. The first, he said, is to ensure that no political case arises. He added, ''Struggle against separatism shall be dealt in-depth, to effectively maintain social stability and ensure long-term stability in Tibet.'' Secondly, problems should be tackled from the base when it is small. Thirdly, all the monasteries shall be closely watched along with intensified patriotic re-education sessions. Religious activities and religious affairs shall be carried out according to the law. Lastly, he said that comrades of party and government (and every official) have the main responsibility of maintaining stability.

Pema Thinley, Chairman of TAR government, chaired the meeting and told that officials must be determined to win this ''Third Campaign'' battle of maintaining stability. The meeting was also joined by all heads of counties and cities via telephone/video conference.

The second meeting on 'social stability' in this year to deploy crackdown in all regions of Tibet, this conference is the first to the new TAR Secretary Chen Quanguo. The 'Third Battle Campaign' is aimed to crackdown on peaceful Tibetan protesters and those Tibetans who differ from the political ideologies of the PRC.

http://www.tchrd.org/press/2011/pr20110930.html
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
sulphurdunn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 07:00 PM
Response to Reply #2
4. It's hard not to admire
the Chinese people despite their totalitarian capitalist state. They are smart. That's why the Chinese population of Tibet will become Tibetans even before the People's Republic is swept into history's dust bin.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 07:12 PM
Response to Reply #4
5. Historically the exact opposite opinion is true.
The latest survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project conducted in China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, and the United States, from March 31-May 14, 20061 finds that the Japanese and Chinese tend to associate a number of negative characteristics with one another, and tend not to see certain positive traits in one another. Both publics consider the other competitive, as well as greedy and arrogant; neither sees the other as honest or generous.

http://www.pewglobal.org/2006/09/21/publics-of-asian-po... /


71% of Japanese dislike the Chinese. The Chinese are seen as cheaters, and that is dishonorable, and a cause of a loss of face, whereas the Chinese are mostly still upset that Japan has not apologized for WWII.

I tend to hold the same prejudice as the Japanese personally (Japanese step-mother). I do not believe what China has done to turn itself into an economic and political powerhouse is sustainable. I think they are in for a big fall once the world grows sick of their games and lets them fall face first into the mud.

Have you ever seen the Sand Pebbles with Steve McQueen or Charlton Heston in 55 Days at Peking? The Chinese are seen as sniveling, arrogant, and ultimately stupid.

They may win the battle, but they lose the war. :hide:
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
AlecBGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 08:30 AM
Response to Reply #5
7. I can attest to the widespread hatred of the Japanese by Chinese
My wife is Chinese and often argues with her peers over their unfounded hatred and stereotyping. Very frustrating and sad :(
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 09:39 PM
Response to Reply #7
8. It's been this way for a thousand years too.
The Japanese need to bite the bullet and apologize, but I don't exactly trust the PRC to act in anyone's best interest but their own.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 06:43 PM
Response to Original message
3. K&R...
Thanks for posting.

Sid
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 06:24 AM
Response to Reply #3
6. You're welcome!
Unrest is spreading. It's particularly interesting that seems to be more related to economic rights, than religious. :(
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 02:56 PM
Response to Original message
9. Recommend
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 03:20 PM
Response to Original message
10. The PRC is engaging in outright genocide in Tibet.
I've heard they are deporting Tibetans and diluting the remaining ones with Chinese colonists. :grr:
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Apr 16th 2014, 02:11 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC