Phuntsog | 彭措

Phuntsog | 彭措

On March 16 2008, when monks and lay people took to the streets in Amdo Ngaba and raised their voices in protest, among the many people that were killed by the state machinery were a pregnant women, a 5-year-old child and also a 16-year-old female middle school student, Lhundup Tso. Thus three years later on this day, many Tibetans commemorate the victims by lighting butter lamps in temples and at home. Phuntsog, a monk from Kirti monastery, commemorated by setting himself on fire.

On a sunny afternoon, he left the monastery that was under close surveillance by military police and walked on his own to the end of the sun-drenched road; here he suddenly went up in flames. From within the fireball he shouted: “Let His Holiness Return!” “Tibet must be free!” “Long live the Dalai Lama!” People gathered around watching in a state of shock, the entire street filled up with heavily armed special, ordinary, armed and plain-clothed police forces using clubs ferociously striking at Phuntsog; was this to extinguish the fire or to beat him?

Phuntsog | 彭措 was the 2nd(2ndinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.

彭措,安多阿坝(今四川省阿坝藏族羌族自治州阿坝县)格尔登寺僧人,20岁。
2011年3月16日约16时,彭措在阿坝县洽唐中街自焚,呼喊“让达赖喇嘛返回西藏!”、“西藏要自由!”、“祈愿达赖喇嘛永久住世!”重伤,遭军警毒打,又被医院拒绝治疗,次日凌晨牺牲,后由藏人僧俗隆重火葬。
他出生于阿坝县麦尔玛乡二村牧民家庭,父亲名叫泽郎扎西,母亲名叫婵布洛,有兄弟姐妹数人。包括他在内的兄弟四人都是格尔登寺僧人,弟弟洛桑格桑因彭措自焚曾遭拘留,9月26日也自焚,被军警带走,之后不知下落。
据《“他们认为我们害怕武力镇压,他们想错了”——与格尔登寺僧人的访谈,纪念彭措自焚一周年》中,彭措在寺院的同学说他自焚前“对几位朋友说:‘我无法继续忍受心中的痛苦,2011年3月16日我将向世人表现一点迹象。’”并讲述彭措自焚牺牲之后:“在处理他的遗物时发现了他在笔记本上的一段话:‘运气和信心是胜利,失望和疑虑是失败。’”这应该是他的遗言和遗书。
新华社早期报道先是称彭措是“任真彭措,现年16岁,患有癫痫病”。后又称他24岁。
中国中央电视台2012年5月、12月播的官方宣传片称他头脑简单,轻信别人。
四川省阿坝州马尔康县人民法院于2011年8月30日,判格尔登寺僧人仲周(彭措的叔叔兼经师)、泽让旦真、旦纯分别11年、10年和13年重刑,理由是他们“共谋策划”自焚、“转移”、“藏匿”了自焚后的彭措,构成了“故意杀人罪”。

遗言:

“让达赖喇嘛返回西藏!”、“西藏要自由!”、“祈愿达赖喇嘛永久住世!” “运气和信心是胜利,失望和疑虑是失败。”

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