Tibetan exile PM says must support immolations of Buddhist monks and nuns, laymen

November 10, 2011

Lobsang Sangay, the elected prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, at the Tsuglakhang temple in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamsala August 9, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Tibet’s prime minister-in-exile said on Thursday he was not encouraging Tibetans to burn themselves to death in protest at Chinese repression but it was his sacred duty to show support for the men and women who have chosen such drastic steps. A wave of self-immolations has seen at least 11 people, mainly Buddhist monks and nuns, set themselves ablaze in predominantly Tibetan areas of China since March, following a crackdown at monasteries.

Lobsang Sangay, the Harvard educated lawyer who this year replaced the Dalai Lama as the political leader of the exiled Tibetans, said an increased Chinese military presence around monasteries was “undeclared martial law.”

“Once a protest takes place it becomes our sacred duty to show solidarity and support, support for the voice that they raise, so the life that they sacrifice or the torture that they endure do not go in vain,” Sangay told Reuters. “My duty as a political leader is echo or if possible magnify these voices, with sadness and pain obviously,” he said at his offices in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala in India.

He did not repeat an appeal by one of the most senior exiled monks, the Karmapa Lama, who on Wednesday urged Tibetans in China not to set themselves on fire.

“We want Tibetan people to live, we want Tibetan people to lead, definitely. But … the motivation is for Tibet and for Tibetan people and their intention is also very clear, not to harm anyone,” he said.

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How is this gentlemen be called the Tibetan PM. He is the Prime Minister of which country??? What country does he represent??? Lobsang Sangay has never been to Tibet and it seems he is encouraging the immolatons by refusing to discourage it, as such immolations are against the teachings of Buddhism. Only the Karmapa has taken the right stance by telling the monks to stop burning themselves. It is very clear the so called Tibetan PM and his master, the Dalai Lama, are basking in the publicity of such immolations, why would they want it to stop?

Posted by DoryRama | Report as abusive

DOryRama, thank you for your comment. The headline has been updated. The need for brevity in headlines sometimes makes concepts a bit too brief. The story itself does make it clear from the start he is the PM in exile.

Posted by Tom Heneghan | Report as abusive