In my journey to add to the women of Dharamsala’s nunneries voices to the world, I have encountered so many beautiful and empowering acts of art and communication around the globe, for the sake of Tibet.
Check out this Oregonian man’s shop wall – a 10’x100′ mural of Chinese brutality against Tibetans and Tawianese. Chinese officials have been pressuring him to take it down – and the Mayor, in support of freedom of speech, basically told them to stuff it.
…Emphasis on “young.” Both of them were under twenty.
This I read on the International Tibet Network‘s Facebook page:
“Lobsang Kalsang, 18, a monk at Kirti Monastery and Damchoe, 17, a former monk at the monastery self-immolated on 27 August 2012 outside Kirti monastery, Ngaba Town. According to eye witnesses, they took about 20 steps near the east gate of the monastery, shouting slogans and then fell. Chinese security personnel put out the flames and took them to local hospital initially and later to Barkham hospital. Sources said that they both died.”
Since news and media is heavily monitored by Chinese officials, there is still some uncertainty whether these two young people did indeed pass. There is also a case a monk and his niece, a nun, who may or may not have immolated. It seems most Tibetans believe they did indeed self-immolate in protest.
Here is a list of the Tibetans who have recently risked, or lost, their lives for Tibet in this fiery form of protest: http://standupfortibet.org/learn-more/
^ Radio Free Asia keeps us updated on the estimated number of detainees in Tibet.
There has also been a mass resettlement of 400 Tibetan families recently, as well as students detained by armed forces for protests against the new law in March that officially eliminates Tibetan from schools. Reporters Without Borders (RSF, “sin frontier”) have information regarding Yonten Gyatso, the dissident monk attempting to spread outside information through the gridlock of Chinese censorship authorities (see also the article by Radio Free Asia: “Lhasa ‘Like a Vast Prison,'” describing body-scanners, check-points, and armed policemen in groups at every turn).
Stay tuned to the Restored Voice Facebook page to stay updated on the escalation in Tibet.