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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 11:14am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 11:49am

Tibetan new year photos from Lhasa

With February 11 the first day of Losar, the Tibetan new year festival, Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser has posted on Twitter a short set of photos taken yesterday in Lhasa, followed by:

Given that 104 Tibetans in and outside China have died tragically bathed in fire since 2009 and the Chinese government continues, inhumanely, to fabricate preposterous claims and accusations it holds against monks and the neighbours, friends and family of those who self-immolate, Tibetans who have lived through all this have are refusing to celebrate this Losar with joy.

Instead they opt to celebrate in silence - to commemorate those who sacrified themselves and to protest their oppressors.

Monday evening, Woeser tweeted a link to a Deutsche Welle Chinese service report according to which foreign media are still barred from conducting interviews in the autonomous region. One Tibetan monk interviewed in the article says life continues there in "unparalleled fear".

"Tibetan new year in Lhasa: Red lanterns and military police in Jokhang Temple square."

"Tibetan new year in Lhasa: People's Armed Police patrol the streets."

"Tibetan new year in Lhasa: Police vehicles of every sort next to a monastery."

"Tibetan new year in Lhasa: Butter candle offerings in Jokhang Temple."

Also, just across the border, for the past two weeks Voice of America reporter Ivan Broadhead has been supplementing his Losar reporting with tweets from the Tibetan exile community in northern India:


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When young workers at Hong Hai Foxconn leapt to their deaths, media said it was inhuman working condition. Actually, the suicide rate at the million strong firm is lower than average. After one worker took his life, another did it the same way. More followed.
Suicide is one of many unavoidable tragic human conditions. But the method is copycat. Another human condition.
A number of young monks in their teens self immolated. Does it exceed average suicide rate? Surely, you don’t know.
Young self immolators were unhappy and gullible. Worse, some evil folks are advising them using this suicide method to dramatize their own hideous ends.
Tibetans in Delhi and Dharamsala are former land owners who brutalized the serfs. Their cruelties and methods of tortures are well documented. Tibetans in China today are better educated, living better and longer than the exiles. Exiles can eat their heart out while receiving funds from CIA to foment self immolations in China.
The pictures in this blog tell me nothing. Now spend some time read a patriotic Tibetan, an educator who loves his own people.
In The Struggle for Modern Tibet: The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering, he told us why he stopped working with other exiled Tibetan activists. He returned to Tibet to help set up schools to teach Tibetan culture.
This blog is a disservice to Tibetans.
Whymak - perhaps you should read this blog more carefully. Ivan Broadhead for instance, says that Kirti Rinpoche would not give an unequivocal order for monks to stop immolating; suggesting that he is indeed pointing out moral ambiguity on the part of non-secular Tibetan leaders. Secondly, I would agree with you, suicide is part of the human condition. What is not normal is people in their 20s pouring kerosene over themselves and lighting a match. Add to this that these people are shouting anti-China protests as they die, it would seem obvious the root of their problems lie far beyond "mere" clinical depression. Your lack of compassion, your knee-jerk support of the Chinese line (a case in point being this notion that life in Tibet has improved since 1959, as though the rest of the world has somehow stood still and not moved on since then), your inability to read between the lines and see other reporters point out the shortcomings of the Tibetan leadership, go to the root of everything that is most irritating about China's crackdown on freedom of expression inside Tibet. You really should consider exercising your mind more.


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