Teen monks set themselves on fire

2011-09-26 15:23

Beijing - Two teenage Tibetan Buddhist monks set fire to themselves in southwestern China's Sichuan province on Monday after calling for religious freedom and the return of the exiled Dalai Lama, Tibetan rights groups reported.

One of the monks, from the Kirti monastery in Sichuan's Aba county, was believed to have died while the other suffered critical burns, the India-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy and London-based Free Tibet said.

The monks called for religious freedom and shouted "long live the Dalai Lama" before they set fire to themselves, the groups quoted witnesses as saying.

Monday's self-immolation followed the deaths of two monks in similar protests at Kirti monastery in March and the nearby Nyatso monastery in August.

Rights groups said another monk from Kirti set himself alight in February 2009 to protest authorities' restrictions on celebrating a Tibetan Buddhist prayer festival.

The Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhism's highest spiritual leader, has lived in exile since he fled to India in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule of Tibet.

  • Krush - 2011-09-26 15:42

    Not the brightest crayons in the box...

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-26 16:29

      Bit silly to kill yourself in protest against a government which was responsible for the murder of millions of people whose only crime was to believe in something. I can just imagine the Chinese government saying to themselves "yay, 2 fewer people to worry about"

  • jpcronje - 2011-09-26 15:50

    Wish the ANCYL members would do the same for Malema. Would make my day

      Blackpride - 2011-09-26 16:10

      @ jpconje, why? Malema has not been forced into exile, had he's rights taken away, etc. He's free to do as he pleases, say as he pleases, buy a R2M million rand house and demolish it to build a R16M house as he pleases, open a trust account to be as rich as he pleases. The ANCYL is more likely to do the same to you for Malema, not themselves.

  • Uno_Beche - 2011-09-26 15:59

    They thought they had a really cool idea but it was actally hot?

  • HeyApple - 2011-09-26 16:02

    It does not seem to have the same effect as it did back in 1963. It still puzzles me why someone would do this. I'm sure you can get more attention on the interwebz.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-09-26 16:29

      You'd prefer them to set someone else on fire? Bomb a building? Call for a religious war on X? Thats what i love about these Buddhists monks, they rarely harm anyone else in these protests. And protests in general have been loosing their edge the past few decades, in my opinion.

      Mzungu - 2011-09-26 17:24

      Exactly Martin! Self Immolation is a very 'noble' sacrifice. This is very different from cowardly suicide. I believe that they have shunned ego, and have very much become martyrs for the greater good

  • People Hater - 2011-09-26 16:06

    Flaming idiots. To blazes with them.

  • Mzungu - 2011-09-26 17:25

    Reminds me of this guy: What balls to do this, what dedication

  • justasking - 2011-09-26 18:01

    Did the 26 year old Mouhamed Bouaziz's self immolation on Dec 17, 2010 not trigger the Arab Spring in Tunisia ? There must be something drastically wrong for someone to set himself on fire for a cause! I think we have no idea of the strive caused by the Chinese in Tibet. Many of us view the Chinese as our saviours....we might regret it one day....

      Grant - 2011-09-26 18:59

      We WILL regret it one day. They are becoming too powerful! We know how they rule China already, and nobody even tries to stop them. Once they become the world's strongest nation, how do we stop them doing whatever they want to the rest of the world? They have their fingers in a lot of pies already, and many economies already rely on them...

  • fuzuma - 2011-09-27 03:13

    South African English teachers in Jinan are being fired from their jobs becuase the South African goverment wants to grant their spiritual leader a visa to attent Tutu's birthday party in October. This is madness. South Africa can not be part of Brics but then wants to allow China's enimies into South Africa. You can't play both sides.

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