(TibetanReview.net, Jul18, 2015) – Sonam Tobgyal, a 27-year-old monk who carried out a self-immolation protest on the Gesar square of Kyegudo (Chinese: Jiegu) County-town in Yulshul (Yushu) Prefecture, Qinghai Province, on Jul 9 and died the next day has left a handwritten note in Tibetan, accusing China of using repressive legal measures against the Tibetan people to destroy their identity. The note is posted on the Tibet.net website of the exile Tibetan administration at Dharamshala, India, on Jul 17.
The Jul 1 note, addressed to the government leaders of China and especially the local minority affairs officials, says the Chinese government was ignoring the actual conditions of the minority nationality and relying solely on repressive and brutal legal measures to destroy their religion, traditions, culture, and the environment. It says Tibetans do not have any freedom of speech or recourse for petitioning to express their grievances.
The note continues that some from the public who petition the authorities to explain the true situation and seek remedies concerning their well being are invariably being subjected to violent repression and arrest. No decisions, it adds, are being taken with a view to address the desires and welfare of the general public.
Including with all sorts of deceptive moves and measures, the religious functioning of the religious centres and their monks and nuns are being retarded, the note says. It adds that all conceivable measures are being taken with the aim to eliminate the minority nationality.
The note then says the main desire of all the Tibetan people is to see the Dalai Lama back in his Potala Palace. Sonam Tobgyal then continues that because the Tibetan people do not have any freedom of speech or recourse for expressing their grievances, he felt driven to vouch for the authenticity of what he was saying before the people of the world in general and especially the government and people of China with the sacrifice of his life.
He concludes by urging his fellow-Tibetan brethrens not to remain indifferent and insensitive to his action, but to unite to consolidate their strength and work in a concerted manner for the realization of the just cause of the Tibetan people.