Tapey | 扎白 (洛桑扎西)

Tapey | 扎白 (洛桑扎西)

A Kirti monk in his mid-twenties was shot today by security personnel when he set himself on fire as a form of protest after prayer ceremonies at his monastery were cancelled, according to several sources in the area. It is not known if the monk, Tapey, is still alive as he was surrounded by police after he fell to the ground. He had been holding a home-made Tibetan flag that had at its center a photograph of the Dalai Lama.

According to at least three sources in contact with people in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) in Sichuan province (the Tibetan area of Amdo), earlier today, monks at Kirti Monastery were told by the local authorities that they were not allowed to observe Monlam, a traditional prayer festival that is held after Tibetan New Year (Losar).

Tapey | 扎白 (洛桑扎西) was the 1st(1stinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.

扎白,安多阿坝(今四川省阿坝藏族羌族自治州阿坝县)格尔登寺1僧人,24岁,法名洛桑扎西。
2009年2月27日下午1点40分许,扎白在阿坝县洽唐西街自焚,举有西藏国旗和尊者达赖喇嘛的照片,遭军警枪击,重伤,被军警抬走。目前只知已残,更多情况不明。
他家在格尔登寺附近的村庄。父亲名叫热旦,母亲名叫美戈,还有27岁的哥哥策波,18岁的妹妹才让吉。
纽约时报2012年6月2日报道2,两次提到他在自焚前留下遗书:
“一名年轻的藏族喇嘛走在街上,用脚去踢解放军的军车,然后留下了一份自杀遗书,谴责官方禁止他们举行一项宗教仪式。”
“2009年2月27日,一名高层的喇嘛在僧侣聚会时通知说,格尔登寺不得不取消当天一个重要的祈祷仪式。洛桑说,半小时后,扎白就在市场上点火自焚;他留下了一张纸条,说如果政府禁止该宗教仪式,他会自杀。”
新华社2009年3月5日英文电讯报道3称扎巴自焚后送往阿坝县人民医院,否认军警开枪。
中国中央电视台2012年5月4和12月5、2013年5月6播的官方宣传片,称他自焚是因2008年没有参加抗议被寺院僧人们嘲笑,他为赌口气而自焚,并称他表示后悔。其中有扎白在医院的镜头,但未告知后来下落,事实上之后情况不明。
拍下扎白自焚现场两张照片并发送出去的格尔登寺僧人江廓,后被判刑6年。

遗言:

如果政府禁止为08年的遇难者举办宗教仪式,会自杀。

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