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“Why do Tibetans Self-Immolate?” By Woeser

Friday, 10 October 2014

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a blogpost by Woeser written in April 2014 for the Tibetan service of Radio Free Asia and published on her blog on April 18, 2014.

Woeser has been a prolific and consistent commentator on the ongoing self-immolations in Tibet and this is a good follow up to her last post “Self-Immolations Are A Kind of Political Resistance”.

The most recent self-immolation was by 22 year old student Lhamo Tashi and it was a fatal one. It took place on September 17, 2014 in Tsoe County, Gansu Province. However, recent news has emerged of a self-immolation that took place in Golog one day before Lhamo Tashi’s, by a 42 year old man called Kunchok who at the time of writing had survived and was being treated for his injuries.

"Countless people have asked me: why do Tibetans self-immolate? My answer is always, Tibetans use self-immolation as a way to resist because they are suffering from ever-increasing oppression, a kind of oppression that manifests itself through the following examples...."  Read High Peaks Pure Earth's full English translation of  Woeser's blog.