With a recent incidents of self-immolation taking place in Tibet, it has caused concerns from both the Chinese government and the self-proclaimed Tibetan “government in exile.” Both groups have their different reasons for being concerned about the self-immolations. This is part of a long conflict between Tibet and China. While Tibet has been autonomous for long periods, China has insisted that the former has been part of the country's territory.
The Chinese government is concerned because the immolations are critically hurting the area's social stability and the people's ability to work. Its response to the self-immolations is to offer a reward
of either 50,000 or 200,000 yuan for information on the self-immolations. 50,000 yuan will be rewarded to anybody that reports on people who plan on to participate in self-immolations in any means. 200,000 would be rewarded to anybody that provides authentic information in regards to the people that are behind four recent acts of self-immolations.
So far, the Chinese government has been unable to stop the self-immolations. Furthermore, it blames the Dalai Lama for inciting such actions. The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in exile, rejected the Chinese government's criticism. In response, the Dalai Lama said that the self-immolations are protests against Chinese control and religious repression which is constantly denied
by the Chinese government.
The concerns stem from the recent immolations. The most recent act of self-immolation was committed by a Tibetan farmer
. This is the second self-immolation suicide to take place near the Labrant Monastery. The farmer is the eighth protester
to self-immolate in the month of October.
The self-proclaimed Tibetan government in exile called upon protesters to stop setting themselves on fire
. According to one spokesman of the group, this type of action is extreme and people shouldn't be doing that. In this respect, it does give rise to interpreting the philosophy of Buddhism as suicide is forbidden. However, the people self-immolating felt the act was justified as a means to protest against Chinese rule.
With regards to China's government, self-immolation is disrupting the stability of people's social lives while Tibet's self-proclaimed government in exile say that self-immolation is not the way. Both groups are point their fingers at each other.