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Self-immolator 9: Finally arrested

01-23-2013 09:26 BJT

Editor's note: an ordinary Tibetan young man, a young lama practicing Buddhism, who nearly set himself on fire, was about to be abandoned by the instigators. What role does the "Tibet government-in-exile" play in this case? What are the lies and the truth behind the flames? From today on, the China Tibet Online will release the story of a young Buddhist, a potential self-immolator enticed by the book titled "Repentance-from Dharamsala" written by Xiaolin.

After having committed two failed self-immolations, Gyatso gradually calmed down and developed a fear for his future. However, then he hadn’t come out of the crazy state as he had turned into a fanatic of self-immolation from a young lama who once dreamed of “sacrifice himself to religion”.

A few days after the two failed self-immolation plans, Lhamo Ja found Gyatso again, and told him that he had brought good news, saying he had received an instruction from Ala Jigme, a senior official from the “Dusum Legong” (or the Security Department of the "Tibetan government-in-exile"), that Gyatso would be sent to Tibet to commit self-immolation so as to create a “bigger” influence.

After hearing the words, Gyatso hesitated and was reluctant to go back to Tibet as he had broken the law when he stole into India, and he would not know what to do if he were arrested.

Lhamo Ja was a little upset about Gyatso’s attitude. However, he could do nothing but to invite several big names to encourage Gyatso.

One night, Gyatso was received by “Dusum Legong”Kalon , a senior officer of the Security Department of the “Tibetan government-in-exile”. It was the first time for Gyatso to meet such an “important person” since he had been in India.

At that time, Gyatso had a complicated feeling as he finally met somebody thus he was determined to sacrifice for the 6 million Tibetan people.

The officer, named Kalon Pema told Gyatso “you are chosen to conduct the self-immolation in Lhasa, a place under the control of the Chinese Central Government. Then it would be China’s responsibility to explain your fight for the cause of “Tibet independence”. In this way we can get the universal attention and support of the international community, and you yourself can also become a hero admired by the Tibetan people.”

Kalon Pema told Gyatso that his family members or friends who sent his self-immolation videotapes or pictures to India could get preferential treatment and could be sent to abroad for further studying.

“However, if you are arrested, you shouldn’t say anything about us or it will bring bad influence to the ‘Tibetan government-in-exile’. And you could not come back if you didn’t conduct self-immolation,” said Kalon Pema.

Gyatso felt very angry about what Kalon Pema had told him, because in his mind, he was to sacrifice for the cause of “Tibet independence”. How could he bring bad international influence to the “Tibetan government-in-exile”?

However Gyatso held his own idea that the 14th Dalai Lama supported him, so the “Tibetan government-in-exile” would not abandon him. He obeyed their order.

In order to avoid exposing the meeting between “Dusum Legong” and Gyatso, they decided to send Gyatso to Nepal.

In Nepal, Gyatso was given 400,000 Cordoba (about $8,040) to steal back to Tibet with another name.

He went to Lhasa with a man named Thubten, who was also appointed by the“Dusum Legong” and asked to shoot the scene when Gyatso committed self-immolation.

However,after all the careful “preparations”, Gyatso and his allies were arrested before they arrived in Lhasa. Gyatso was brought to the police station as he was extremely nervous and didn’t have any certificate.

What kind of penalty will Gyatso face after being arrested? Will Thubten be brought to justice? Gyatso, the young lama who had been wandering between life and death was neither the first nor the last misguided fanatic who were controlled by their own irrational impulses or certain people with ulterior motives.

The question of how to guide the young people to avoid the tragedies occurring again must be answered.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Tibet.cn

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