Netizen Voices: “Life Above Politics” in Tibet?

Soon after announcing that “inciting” self-immolation would be prosecuted as murder, Chinese authorities arrested a monk and his nephew in Sichuan Province for “goading” people to set themselves alight. Global Times Chief Editor Hu Xijin condemned these “murderers,” and the Dalai Lama, on Weibo:
HuXijin: Sichuan has cracked the case of Tibetan lamas inciting self-immolation. Instigated by the Dalai clique, two culprits have incited and goaded eight people to self-immolate since 2009, resulting in three deaths. This truly is an unforgivable evil. How vicious does one have to be to use religious ecstasy to engineer self-immolations, and thus exert political pressure? I say it’s right to classify this as intentional homicide. Life is above politics–it is above all else.

Dazed netizens complained that Hu’s comments came out of nowhere–before last week, the Chinese press had been silent on the violence in Tibet. Many couldn’t believe that people could be simply “incited” to set themselves on fire. They also called Hu’s bluff on his proclamation that “life is above politics,” since he tows the Party line for a state-run newspaper. Some of the comments:
zhaochu1962: Almost none of these cases of self-immolation were allowed to be reported. When people go from ignorance to awareness, of course they will suspect this kind of case-cracking. Burning yourself to death because you were goaded–sounds like a fantasy story. Suicide is not a crime. The evolution of the situation in Tibet to today’s tragic state requires consideration of policy, not dubious victories to anesthetize the public. If we are to maintain unity [of the country], we must face this issue head-on.
赵楚: 当这些自焚案件几乎不让报道,人们也从无知晓时,这种破案必定会令人生疑。因为教唆就会去自焚,这样的话听来彷佛天方夜谭。自杀不是一种罪行,藏区局势演化到今日可悲的地步要做政策的反思,不要用这些可疑的胜利消息来麻醉公众,要维护统一必须正视问题。
AuthorTianYou-: Any mishap among the Tibetans is the one of the Dalai Lama’s conspiracies, and any mishap among the Xinjiang people [Uyghurs] is one of Rebiya Kadeer’s tricks.

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One Response to Netizen Voices: “Life Above Politics” in Tibet?

  1. Bo Peep says:

    May God protect and free the Tibetans from those invaders, the Han Chinese thieves and murderers. may India invade and free Tibet and wipe out the Han Chinese criminals. May the U.S. and all Southeast Asia and Japan and Mongolia wipe out all weapons of the Han Chinese and jail them for their crimes against humanity.