Tamdin Thar, the Tibetan nomad, who was in his early 60s, set fire to himself outside the Chinese People’s Armed Police compound in Markethang, Eastern Tibet, on Sunday, June 19, 2012. He died at the scene.
According to Phayul: In his last words before setting himself on fire in an apparent protest against Chinese rule, Tamding Thar called for Tibet to be ruled by Tibetans.
In a quatrain written in Tibetan, Tamding Thar, also called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet, a demand common to all the 39 other Tibetans who have self-immolated since 2009.
Tamding Thar wrote:
“I take refuge in the Three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
With the hope that peace prevails on earth,
With the yearning for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his land,
For Tibet to be ruled by Tibetans, I set my body on fire as an offering of light.”
Tamdin Thar | 旦正塔 was the 44th(41thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.