Tibet saw three new self-immolation protests this weekend.
On Friday, a monk and a layperson set themselves afire near Kirti Monastery in eastern Tibet. Both men are feared dead. Saturday, the Central Tibet Administration put out the following statement regarding the incident:
“The latest incidents, which occurred on January 6, 2012, involve one monk and one layperson, with the latter reportedly having succumbed to his injuries.”
On Sunday another monk, Sonam Wangyal, self-immolated and died of his injuries in the town of Dharlag in Golok county. According to Tibet Post International, “he climbed a local hill, burned incense, prayed, and later distributed many leaflets in which he wrote that he was going to perform a deadly act for Tibet and the happiness of Tibetan people. He also said he was doing so to commemorate all the Tibetans who have died since 2009 for the restoration of freedom in Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, incidentally, does not support the self-immolation protests that have been happening in Tibet. In a recent BBC interview, His Holiness said, “There is courage—very strong courage. But how much effect? Courage alone is no substitute. You must utilize your wisdom.” The Karmapa has also recently urged for an end to the self-immolation phenomenon.