Dargye | 达吉

Dargye | 达吉

Two young Tibetan men set fire to themselves on May 27 outside one of Tibet’s holiest shrines, the Jokhang Temple, in the first self-immolation in Lhasa, Tibet’s historic capital. According to monks from Kirti Monastery in exile, 25-year old Dargye had entered Kirti monastery as a boy and disrobed a few years ago. Voice of America Tibetan language service has reported that the two Tibetans, who self-immolated together, worked in a restaurant in Lhasa. Dargye was reportedly from Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) in Sichuan (where most of the self-immolations have taken place).

The self-immolations took place during Saga Dawa, an important religious period for Tibetan Buddhists that commemorates the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. The self-immolations are the first in Lhasa where Chinese security has been tight since March 2008 when protests occurred across Tibet and rocked the capital city. The official media reported today that Lhasa’s Public Security Bureau has set up a special task force to investigate

Dargye | 达吉 was the 42th(39thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.

达吉(又名洛桑达吉),安多阿坝(今四川省阿坝藏族羌族自治州阿坝县)求吉玛乡人,25岁,曾是格尔登寺僧人,后还俗,在拉萨一家叫“尼玛林”的藏餐馆打工。
2012年5月27日(佛教节日“萨嘎达瓦”第六天)下午2点多,达吉与托杰才旦一起在拉萨大昭寺与斜对面的八廓街派出所之间自焚,达吉身上燃着火焰奔走时被迅速扑来的军警包围,重伤,被军警强行带走。有消息称他于7月7日在拉萨武警医院不治身亡,但又有消息说他得到医院救治,目前在恢复中,但因未能确实,只能说他生死不明。其父洛迪曾去拉萨探望儿子,却根本没能见到,也不知任何状况,只好悲痛回家。
达吉出生于阿坝县求吉玛乡索日玛村牧民家庭,父亲名叫洛迪,有五个兄姊,他排行最小。
他俩自焚后,尼玛林藏餐馆老板、阿坝商人曲格和工作人员都被拘捕;自焚前夕住宿的“满斋酒店”老板夫妇被捕,酒店被当局没收,改设为“拉萨市八廓古城管理委员会”办公室。并且,拉萨开展清查行动,至少抓捕六百多名安多、康等藏区的藏人,在各个进藏路线上设立检查站,凡进入拉萨的外地藏人均需要有“进藏许可证明”等若干手续。
新华社英文电讯41证实来自四川阿坝的Dargye和来自甘肃夏河的Tobgye Tseten在拉萨自焚,却称是在拉萨市中心的著名商业区八廓街自焚,而不提大昭寺。并称达吉生还。

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