The internal despair of the Syracuse Buddhist community over reports of continued oppression of the Kirti monks by China has been leading to more than just daily prayers for their well being. Buddhists in Syracuse have also been showing more support than ever for protests regarding the situation of the Kirti monks.
The widespread support of protests on behalf of the Kirti monks by Buddhists in Syracuse has been following the increasing momentum of international protests and support for the oppressed Buddhist monks. Tendar Tsering has reported for Phayul.com “Protests and support for Kirti monks gain momentum.” The latest surge in international activism in dealing with the situation of the Tibetan monks was set off by the self-immolation of two Kirti monks, Lobsang Kalsang and Lobsang Kunchok, which has has stirred up intense emotions of Tibetan Buddhistss in exile.
Ms Kristina Ojuland, an Estonian associated with the third largest political group in the European Parliament, has raised the issue of the tragic self-immolation of the two teen-aged Tibetan monks in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday. She has urged the parliament to address the situation of human rights in Tibet more “rigorously” with the Peoples’ Republic of China.
And in India a group of Tibetan college students associated with the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, held a cycle rally in New Delhi in order to “draw attention to the growing desperation of the Tibetans inside Tibet.” Nine boys and two girls, with their bodies painted in red, rallied from Delhi University to Jantar Mantar in order to commemorate twenty years since the September 27, 1987 mass uprising in Lhasa. The red color paint symbolizes the horrible ongoing bloodshed in Tibet. And in south India, Tibetan college students in and around Bangalore city held a candle light vigil on Monday night in order to show solidarity and support for the two monks.
The US government has said that it was “seriously concerned about the self-immolation in an apparent call for religious freedom in Tibet”. The US State Department has said “In light of the continuing underlying grievances of China’s Tibetan population, we again urge Chinese leaders to respect the rights of Tibetans.” These sentiments by the US State Department would be seen as having more impact on this tragic situation if the US government would stop hypocritically silently endorsing the use of psychological torture and other terror tactics against American dissidents and others worldwide. In the meantime the situation for the Kirti monks remains tragically tense.
Mandel News Service