Jampa Yeshi set himself on fire, screaming for Free Tibet at a protest in New Delhi on Monday against the visit of the Chinese President Hu Jintao
NEW DELHI — On Monday, another Tibetan youth set himself on fire at a 600 people mass protest rally organized by the Tibetan Youth Congress in New Delhi against the Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to India to attend BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit on March 29.
A self-immolation protest in New Delhi on Monday noon was identified as 27 years old Jampa Yeshi and a resident of New Delhi for the last two years since he escaped from China in 2006.
Jampa was rushed to a nearby hospital in New Delhi after running on fire for less than two minutes and collapsed on the ground where people gathered to extinguish the fire by beating Tibetan flag on his body and pouring water.
Jampa Yeshi, who is admitted at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi in ans is at a critical condition with burn at least 85 percent of his body, but was reported by RTYC Delhi that his breathing is improving and his doctors are considering chances of surgery.
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Message to the World
Tibetan people in exile are simply calling for help for an international awareness and intervention on constant Chinese government practice on human rights violation. As a form of non-violence protest to wake up the world to confront with the reality of cruelty China is forcing onto Tibetan population not only in China but now extending in Nepal, mainly monks, Tibetan youths are setting themselves on fire.
The malpractice has been carried on for over a decade and continues to suppress the condition of the Tibetan population in Tibet, not granting the basic human rights to practice their religion and preserve their culture. Furthermore, the infrastructure of Tibet has dramatically changed due to the new establishment by Han Chinese in their land, building roads and media center to alter the tradition from its roots.
Although Chinese government claims its improvement of the life condition of the Tibetan population in Tibet, self-sustaining nomads lifestyle is forcefully altered, and bar and nightclubs business are brought in - which is increasing uneducated and gangs in Lhasa which was non-existent in the past. This situation can be reflected that of the north American indigenous people in the US. The Chinese government’s practice of control by creating an environment for mistreatment and discrimination leading Tibetans to become uneducated and under substances.
A Tibetan student in Beijing reports, “Even after graduating from a top university in China, as a Tibetan descent student we don’t get the same scholarship and job opportunity as the Chinese students. I would like to become a teacher to give a good education for Tibetans in Tibet, but we have to sign a contract of accepting a condition of loosing the job at any given moment, be under surveillance not to encourage student activity, and the wage is very low.
Tibetan population are under heavy discrimination and severe control by the Han Chinese leaving them to be in an invisible prison at all time. The desperate condition Tibetans are experiencing in Tibet is creating a series of self-immolation in the protest to the all the wrong-doings China is responsible for.
Jampa Yeshi before the self-emmolation
We don’t want to loose more lives
As the series of self-immolation continues in Tibet and now in India, some voices among Tibetan community are are raising, “how many more victims do we need to see until someone puts a stop to China’s behavior?”
We honor the great loss of another Tibetan youth who believes in his people’s freedom and his courage to demonstrate at his life’s cost, but the series of self-immolation must also be stopped.
Regional Chapter at Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC) urged Tibetans not to take such a dramatic approach in protesting for Tibet.
Lhadon Tethong, a Canadian born Tibetan human rights activist states, “I have to admit, I’m feeling the same way as this RTYC status update – while honoring his sacrifice, I feel we cannot afford to lose any more of our people in this self-sacrificial way. We need every single one of our people to live and keep up the fight for freedom.”