Emotional tribute by protester's father

13th November 2012

Ban on Dalai Lama’s picture triggered protest

The father of Tamdin Tso, who set fire to herself on 7 November, has said that her death “felt like my heart has been taken out of my chest”.

Dalai Lama ban

Thousands of Tibetans gathered to pay their respects to Tamdin Tso’s family in Rebkong County, Eastern Tibet.

In a moving address, her father said her self-immolation was triggered after posters were distributed forbidding Tibetans to display pictures of the Dalai Lama.

Tamdin’s father said she was visibly angry about this and said it was sad for Tibetan people.

Tibetan cause

“She was my most beloved only daughter and when such a sad thing happens it feels like my heart has been taken out of my chest.

“But I believe she made this decision for the Tibetan cause and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama on their thrones.”

A free Tibet

Tamdin’s father concluded: “I think it is useless to think about anything else than to respect her decision and sacrifice. Therefore, I plead to you all to unite so her goals and aspirations can be fulfilled.

“I also request you all to pray for my daughter to be reborn in independent Tibet and to hear and see his Holiness the Dalai Lama in her next life. Thank you all.”

Tamdin leaves behind a young son, Nyingsham Tsering.

At least 70 Tibetans have set fire to themselves since March 2011. Read the full list.

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