This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a self immolation video from Tibet. Here’s one of a nun self immolating or another nun doing the same. The first Buddhist monk to self immolate in protest is believed to be Thich Quang Duc of Vietnam.
This new Tibetan self immolation occurred on January 12, 2013 in Amchok town, Sangchu region in Kanlho, eastern Tibet and as all previous self immolations, it was reportedly done to draw international attention to China’s occupation of Tibet.
The victim was a young man – 22 year old Tsering Tashi nicknamed Tsebhe. He’s become the 96th known protester to self immolate in Tibet since 2009. The self-immolators demand freedom in Tibet and the return of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The Chinese responded to the ever increasing wave of self immolations by offering cash rewards to those who “expose crimes” and increasing surveillance of the area with growing number of cameras and around the clock wire-tapping and monitoring of all forms of communication. China also announced stricter measures, including pressing of murder charges against anyone caught aiding or inciting self immolations. This tactics never fails – starve local population and then offer bribes to force desperate families into turning on their own and ratting them out cause they have no other means make ends meet.