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Self-immolator(Ⅶ): I become a "professional hunger-striker"
2013-01-06 16:18:00
by: Doreen Wang

Editor's note: an ordinary Tibetan young man, a young lama practicing Buddhism, who nearly set himself on fire and was about to be abandoned by the instigators. What role does the "Tibet government-in-exile" play in this case? What are the lies and the truth behind the flames? From today on, the China Tibet Online will release the story of a young Buddhist, a potential self-immolator enticed by the book titled "Repentance-from Dharamsala" written by Xiaolin.

Not long after Gyatso arrived in India had he become a monk in a local monastery.

One day, Gyatso saw someone handing out leaflets, on which read a "Tibetan independence" hunger-strike would be launched in January, 2000 in Delhi, and anyone interested could attend it after writing a "pledge". Then, a lot of monks in the monastery wanted to go to Delhi and saw the "big world" for free. So they all followed suit and wrote the "pledge", and Gyatso was no exception.

At that time, "hunger-strike" was a new word to Gyatso, who learned it from a master of the sutra later that a hunger-strike meant to protest without eating anything so as to express their determined attitudes. One master of the sutra lived longer in India disagreed that Gyatso joined the strike, but he was reluctant to tell Gyatso the reason. The young Gyatso, who was then in the rebellious period of his adolescence, finally set out to Delhi after quarrelling with the master.

After arriving in Delhi, Gyatso was received by a man named Lhamo Ja, who escaped to India for some illegal behaviors.

According to the relevant materials ascertained later, Lhamo Ja, born in Tongren County, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of northwest China's Qinghai Province, used to be a teacher in a judicial school in northwest China's Qinghai Province.

In 1993, he was involved into a criminal case and escaped to India. Later Lhamo Ja became a member of the Dalai clique, and engaged in ethnic separatist activities.

The "hunger-strike" office was in a two-story building with six rooms in a local school. Gyatso had never thought that he was the only participant as he had thought there would be many people enrolled.

After completing a form and receiving a tent and carpet provided by the "hunger-strike" organizer,Gyatso was arranged to participate in the seventy-two-hour hunger strike.

In Gyatso's memory, he had attended a total of three hunger-strikes, only the first time was voluntary. The so called "voluntary" meant no rewards.

But the second and the third time he was rewarded as he was to replace others to attend.

Soon after the first hunger-strike, Lhamo Ja rushed to find Gyatso and told him that he should fill in for the second hunger-strike as there weren't enough people to attend. Afterwards, Gyatso got 500 cordoba, Nebalese currency. The third time, the same thing happened as the second. Then, Gyatso got to know that most of the hunger strikers were paid.

During the second hunger-strike, one of the strikers told him that he could eat something secretly if he was unable to resist hungry, and said the "organizers" also agreed as thus they could hold for a longer time. Though Gyatso was surprised, he still ate a piece of meat stealthily.

The third hunger-strike was held in front of the Gandhi grave, a place where they were told more people could see the activity. At that time, Gyatso had gotten enough experience and ate a banana secretly.

Then, Gyatso already clearly knew that the hunger-strike activities were held as a kind of acting showed to the outsiders. Therefore, they were paid and allowed to eat.

In Gyatso's mind, such an activity was completely a kind of cheating. However, he didn't refuse the assignment as it was a gravy train for him.

Later, Gyatso saw reports about the three hungerstrikes from local newspapers, which said the number of the participants had reached over 600. In fact, as one of the participants, Gyatso clearly knew that there was only less than ten people attending each time.

It is reported that, like instigating self-immolation and protest demonstrations, "hunger-strike" is just one of the numerous plots of the so-called "Tibetan government-in-exile" to hog the international attention and hype up the "Tibet issue".

Any special institutions of the "Tibet independence" organizations are responsible for organizing the "professional fast" or "professional demonstration" activities, through which they could make use of the sympathy of the world that is unaware of the truth, so as to win public opinions.

The experience of Gyatso was just a miniature of the many similar "pawn".

It is these three hunger strikes that made Gyatso enter the vision of the "Tibetan government-in-exile", and became a "prey," which they had been looking for a long time without any results.

The young and unenlightened monk Gyatso was listed in the "potential self-immolators". Behind him, someone was eyeing up and a huge conspiracy was covered with the shadow. What courses will Gyatso to follow? And how he was incited to embark on the path of self-immolation? Why did he fail at the first few times?

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