New reports of Tibetans burning themselves alive to protest Chinese opression

Multiple sources: Two (possibly three) more Tibetans self-immolated in protest of Chinese military rule in Tibet. The two confirmed cases involve men in their early twenties, monks in Tibet's Ngaba region.

As of August 8, 45 more Tibetans have resorted to self-immolation inside Tibet, 35 of whom have died, according to the International Campaign for Tibet. The incidents on Monday would bring the total number of self-immolations since February 2009 to 48. Tibetans in exile have also resorted to self-immolation.

CNN, VOA, Phayul, TCHRD.


  1. I really don’t understand this form of protest. If I were the Chinese I would be thinking,  “Great, enough more of these and the problem will take care of itself.”. What is the thinking behind this?

    1.  They have been doing it for decades, and I have never understood.  I wonder if it has a particular resonance or meaning to Buddhists?

  2. I dont get it either.  There’s easier ways to get media attention.  Will i am does it with a car.  Courtney stodden does it with wierd facial expressions.  Tibetan monks and fire seem like way too extreme a swing for the views.

    1. There’s easier ways to get media attention.

      Thank you so much for the First World perspective. Sadly, it’s utterly irrelevant to the subject at hand.

  3. Pretty straightforward isn’t it? “Hey world, look at the insane lengths the oppressive Chinese government has made me go to in order to draw attention to my cause. It must be bad to make people set themselves on fire in protest.”

    1. I get that part, but if I am China I’m fine with this. It ultimately makes my problem go away when the last person who will self-immolate does. Also, since we are hearing reports and not seeing it on our TVs (a la Vietnam-era self-immolations) it isn’t having the impact they want.

      1.  Dude, if you’re in China, you won’t even hear about this. It isn’t like they’re going to let the media show it there. It is the *rest* of the world that hears about it.

        1. I regularly talk to some relatively internet-savvy young people around my age (mid 20’s) who live in Shanghai and the surrounding area. They all know about the situation in Tibet, and the self-immolations. Whether or not the population at large does I’m not sure, but I do think it gets some coverage in state-controlled media – heavily slanted, of course.

          1.  I live in China and I can tell you that these people are just thought of as a wack fringe group.  Much like American’s see terrorist.  Chinese propaganda has been really successful in the mainland.  Much how the American government spins things to its own people but 10 times worse.  They no very little about their modern history or its current events.

        2.  Pretty much everyone I know in China has heard about the immolations; they’re not a secret by any means. Nothing is secret in the land of 1 billion cell phones and 300 million Weibo accounts, try as the state might to make it so.

      2. Do you suppose other Chinese citizens who witness these acts or even hear about them second hand are as heartless as their leaders and do not begin to  distrust, suspect, and resent those leaders?

  4. the wheels are starting to come off all over China:

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