Freedom call goes viral

26th April 2012

“It does not mean that we don’t want to go on living with our families, but we don’t have freedom”

A message from two men who died last week is inspiring Tibetans to share their calls for freedom and pledge unity.

The voice recording was left by Sonam and Choephak Kyap before they set themselves on fire in Barma Township on 19 April. It was found two days later.

Tibetan rights

“We are self-immolating against the Chinese government for protection of the Buddha Dharma and Tibetan people’s rights” it says.

“It does not mean that we don’t want to go on living with our families but we don’t have freedom.”

Tibetans are now honouring Sonam and Choephak by sharing the message across the region, despite the risks.

Tibetan unity

There are reports that the recording also called for “unity among Tibetans”. Since it was discovered, people have been gathering outside the local monastery to pledge their solidarity.

Both men stressed that their self-immolation was “not for personal glory” and asked Tibetans not to endanger themselves by trying to recover their bodies should they be taken away by Chinese forces.

More than 40 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest at the repressive Chinese occupation of their country. See the full list.

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