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Video: Tibetan protester sets himself on fire ahead of Chinese president’s arrival.

Jampa Yeshi earlier today set himself on fire in protest ahead of a visit by China's president
Jampa Yeshi earlier today set himself on fire in protest ahead of a visit by China's president Hu Jintau

A Tibetan protester is being treated for severe burns after setting themselves alight ahead of China’s president, Hu Jintau‘s visit to New Delhi, India. According to witnesses, the protester carried out the self immolation at a rally as speakers got up to speak, lighting himself up and thus proceeding to run a distance of 50 meters before fellow protesters beat out the flames with Tibetan flags. It is believed the man and fellow protesters had gathered to express their disdain with China’s almost monopolistic control of neighboring Tibet and for Tibet’s freedom.

In the last year alone there have said to been up to 30 immolations as protesters continue to bring attention to the ruthless control of Tibet by China.

The Dalai Lama has blamed China’s ‘ruthless policy’ for the self-immolations. China on the other hand accuses the Dalai Lama of stirring up trouble.

China says Tibet has always been part of its territory. Tibetans say the Himalayan region was virtually independent for centuries.

The protester who had set himself alight originally hails from Tibet and is said to have suffered extensive burns to his body, whilst others in the crowd offered that this is the punishment China can expect to receive if they did not abandon Tibet.

Offered Philippa Carrick, the chief executive officer of the Tibetan Society in London: “this is indicative of the strength of feeling and solidarity Tibetans in exile hold for their family and kin inside Tibet”.

“Sadly it would not surprise me if this was not an isolated incident. Until China, through their own will or through pressure from world governments, begins to address the underlying grievances held by Tibetans, such drastic acts will not stop. After 60 years of occupation, Tibetans are clearly signposting they have had enough.”

The million dollar question of course is will foreign governments pressure China to cede control or will one man’s actions today have all been in vain?



  1. I Will Burn Myself Again and Again
    On Behalf of Our heroic Self-Immolators
    By Sungshik Kyi
    Saturday, Mar 24, 2012No Comment

    Are my grasslands still green?
    Are my blue lakes still crystal clear?
    Do my hills and streams still sing their melodious songs?
    Great gods of Tibet,
    Do you still see them in your vision?

    Can all the bloody crimes of the world
    Be burned and transformed by the heat of fire;

    Who is sucking the blood and marrow from my body?
    Who is erasing the bloody images on my chest?
    Who dug up and desecrated my father’s grave?
    Before my very eyes.
    Who cut the life force from my mother’s tongue
    How can I accept and tolerate all this?

    This body of flesh cannot be lifted by the mind
    This pain of the wounded heart cannot be endured anymore

    Yesterday, the ancestral land of my dream destroyed by an army of bandits
    Today, my precious mother made shamefully naked before my eyes
    Tomorrow, my children’s brains and bones savagely scattered about
    I cannot submit to this anymore

    This inner conviction formed by my discrimination;
    This path of life that discovered in my dream;
    I wish to burn, thus, without regret.
    This magnificent light, like a butter lamp, is ignited by the mind
    This whole body, like an “Offering Bowl” desires to be sacrificed without remorse.

    Brothers and sisters, old and young, who will live forever in my heart
    Gods and Goddess illuminated by the conviction of my love and faith
    Also the splendor of the immovable mountains and enduring rivers in my heart
    All of you rise higher through my consciousness
    All of you live longer through my aspirations

    From now on, aim the bullets of the many thousand guns only at me
    Inflict all the most painful beatings and tortures only on me
    Furthermore, direct all your persecution and tyranny only on me
    I offer you the full measure of my life forever
    And I assume full responsibility for this commitment

    From today, please treasure the custom and heritage of my lineage
    Take care the of the purity of my land and environment
    Respect the life force of my mother tongue
    Give freedom to all my humble brothers and sisters

    This Is my last testament written with my blood
    Because of necessity it is my goal to burn myself forever
    So let me accomplish this!
    All the ability and power of the divine dwells in love and faith
    All the discriminations of humans live in sorrow and happiness
    Show your solidarity to my past
    Be witness to my present, before my eyes.
    Show concern tomorrow for the welfare of my family.

    I am walking thus on the path of light, to becoming the living proof of truth
    I am sacrificing myself thus on the face of actuality.

    All my brothers and sisters, young and old, living in misery and sorrow
    All people throughout the world who love freedom and peace
    And to you tyrants of violence, oppression and torture.
    What I want is lasting peace and freedom
    What I am searching for is an existence of equality and caring
    Until I accomplish this
    I will burn myself again and again.

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