Taipei: Tibetans and Taiwanese supporters organised a prayer service and vigil to mourn and express their solidarity with the recent incidents of tragic self immolations in Tibet. The prayer service was held on June 5 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm at Liberty Square near main gate of ChiangKai Shek Memorial hall.
100 Candle lamps were offered in front of the pictures of young Tibetans named Dorjee Tseten, 19 and Dargye, 25, who set themselves on fire
in front of the Jokhang Temple, in Tibet’s capital Lhasa on May 27, 2012.
This prayer service was also in memory of Rikyo and to pray for the first “Dhuntsik” or completion of 7 days after her death. Rikyo, a mother of three children, set herslef on fire and died on the spot after the tragic incident of self-immolation on Wednesday 30 May in Zamthang, north-eastern Tibet.
About 50 Tibetans and Taiwanese supporters, including 16 Tibetan monks from different Dharma centers in Taipei,attended the prayer service and scriptures in both Tibetan and Chineselanguages were recited during the prayer service.
Since 2009, 38 Tibetans have so far set themselves on fire calling for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland. The repressive policies and the severe crackdown by Chinese government on Tibetan people in Tibet have provoked an unprecedented wave of self-immolations by Tibetans in Tibet.
Mr. Dachompa, President of Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association, thanked the Taiwanese public for their support and appealed to the Leaders of Taiwanese government to condemn China’s repressive policies in the affected regions across Tibet.