Three Tibetans self-immolated in the last three days. Their demands, a clear rejection of Beijing rule, called for “Freedom in Tibet” and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since March 2011, 15 Tibetans have set fire to themselves in Tibet; 16 since 2009.
On January 8th, Sopa Rinpoche, a 42-year-old highly respected monk from Golok (Ch:) died after setting himself ablaze in the town center of Darlag (Ch: Dari) County in Golog (Ch: Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture).
Tensions are high following the self-immolation of Sopa Rinpoche as reports of mass protests by hundreds of mourning Tibetans against Chinese authorities continue to emerge. Sources also say 2000 Tibetan nomads are to organize a large prayer session and candle light vigil at Sopa Rinpchoe’s monastery.
Many Tibetans and supporters have been pledging to practice Lhakar every Wednesdays. Lhakar is a homegrown peoples movement seeking to channel the spirit of resistance into social, cultural and economic activities.
It is now time to step it up and practice Lhakar as a community and take it public, starting with this solidarity vigil. CHINA PATROLS THE STREETS BUT TIBETANS CONTROL THE RESISTANCE!
More than ever, the Tibetans inside Tibet need our voices and our actions. As Tibetans in Tibet take on these drastic actions we must support their call for freedom and keep up the pressure on our world leaders to take multi-lateral action to end China’s crackdown in Tibet.
1. Join the vigil this wednesday from 4:30pm -7pm
2. Sign and Share the Enough! pledge for global intervention to save Tibetan lives. WHAT IS LHAKAR? check out www.lhakar.org and find out more
If you are in Toronto, please join us this Wednesday for a Solidarity Vigil in standing with Tibetans at this critical time.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 11
WHERE: Chinese Consulate [240 St George Street]
TIME: 4:30pm – 7pm
Readings on recent self-immolations
The Washington Post report http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/report-says-body-paraded-through-streets-after-another-self-immolation-in-tibet-area-of-china/2012/01/09/gIQAkWUtkP_story.html