Tsampa Revolution: Tibet is Burning! at Rutgers University

 

Tibet has resisted China’s illegal occupation since it began over 50 years ago, but the past four years have been particularly turbulent.

More than 26 young Tibetans have self-immolated and numerous peaceful people rallying on the streets of Tibet are being mercilessly shot by Chinese security forces. Tibet is under undeclared martial law and access for all outsiders including foreign media is completely blocked. Jonathan Watts of the Guardian newspaper, who recently snuck into Tibet, said “Being in Ngaba (eastern Tibet) reminded him of being in the ‘conflict zones’ in Iraq and Northern Ireland at the height of their trouble.”

Each immolation calls for the same thing, freedom for Tibet, and calls for Tibet’s spiritual leader, HH the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet.  Each immolation is met with more resistance from China, with phone lines cut, monks disappeared from their monasteries and ‘patriotic reeducation’ classes.

A free presentation is taking place at Rutgers University this Thursday and will focus on the underlying causes of this unprecedented wave of self-immolations and provide more insight into how the Tibetan resistance is evolving.

Following the presentation, there will be an exhibit of “Tattoos of Tibetan Refugees,” which explores resistance and cultural genocide through body art. 32 images illustrate 25 refugees, and former political prisoners’ stories through their tattoos.

Please join us if you can. The presentation is from 4:00pm-6:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at Rutgers University-Newark, NJ in the Engelhard Auditorium. The address is 190 University Ave. Newark, NJ, 07102.

Tibet Burning (Free event)
Panel Discussion (4:00-5:30 Presentation and Discussion)
Exhibition Opening (5:30-6:45 Exhibition Opening and Music Performances)
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Jigme Ugen (Tibetan Refugee and Labor Leader)
Heidi Minx (Built on Respect Founder & Human Rights Awareness Project Director)
Tenzin Kunsel (Tibetan Musician)

 

This presentation is sponsored by Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights in partnership with Built on Respect.

 

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45 comments

Jason S.
Jason S.4 years ago

Please free Tibet

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Noted.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.4 years ago

@kelly r, what an astonishing and heartening story. Thank you so much for not bowing to the tacit pressure to ignore evil for the sake of money, and reminding all of us our support is needed.

Kimberly McMahen
Kimberly McMahen4 years ago

Why isn't the media not picking up on this? Is our government that scared of China? It was a self-immolated of a shop owner in Tunisia that started the Arab Spring. Why isn't the world as caring for the Tibetan Lamas and Nuns that set themselves a light in protest? All the world governments so wrapped up in the greed of the possibility of all those consumers make them turn a blind eye to what is actually happening. WAKE UP! SAVE TIBET!

Kimberly McMahen
Kimberly McMahen4 years ago

Why isn't the media not picking up on this? Is our government that scared of China? It was a self emulation of a shop owner in Tunisia that started the Arab Spring. Why isn't the world as caring for the Tibetan Lamas and Nuns that set themselves a light in protest? All the world governments so wrapped up in the greed of the possibility of all those consumers make them turn a blind eye to what is actually happening. WAKE UP! SAVE TIBET!

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Thanks for the article.

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Joan Mcallister
4 years ago

China should just get out of Tibet, they have no right being there what soever.

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy4 years ago

You should tape this and put it on the web.

Chad A.
Chad Anderson4 years ago

Makes me miss my Rutgers days... I would definitely go were I near. Things are building in the movement to free Tibet. I had a Tibetan student a few years ago who would refuse to say anything about the issue, even in private, because of fear of Chinese retribution, but the Tibetans are more confident and the Chinese are getting more and more defensive.