Facebook doesn’t want you to see this picture
This is Tsesung Kyab, a Tibetan protester who set himself on fire and died yesterday.
More than 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire over the last two years. Images of their protest have been shared all over the web, some more graphic than others, in an attempt to bring the reality of what is happening inside Tibet to the world.
For some reason, Facebook yesterday singled out Tsesung Kyab for special treatment and removed this image from the Free Tibet Facebook page.
Facebook claims the picture was in breach of its community standards which state:
“People use Facebook to share events through photos and videos. We understand that graphic imagery is a regular component of current events, but must balance the needs of a diverse community. Sharing any graphic content for sadistic pleasure is prohibited.”
Comparing attempting to raise awareness of protest to taking “sadistic pleasure” is a thoughtless and ridiculous claim for Facebook for make.
The Chinese leadership must be ecstatic.
This is Geshe Tenzin Phalsang, the fifth monk from Drango to be disappeared by Chinese security forces in the last year.
He was disappeared in April after helping Tibetans who had been wounded during the Drango protests in January, where Chinese forces had opened fire on Tibetan protesters, killing two and injuring dozens.
Geshe Tenzin Phalsang joins the Drango Four, a group of Tibetan monks who were disappeared in January, and haven’t been heard from since.
We need as many people as possible to take action. Geshe Tenzin Phalsang and the Drango Four are just a tiny minority of the Tibetans who have been disappeared by Chinese forces. Campaign for their release now.
This is Lobsang Lobzin who set himself on fire and died in Tibet. The wave of Tibetan protests shows no signs of abating. Free Tibet!
This is Jigme Dolma. A 17-year-old Tibetan girl who was beaten and detained by security forces for calling for freedom for her country. Free Tibet!
This is Dargye who set himself on fire in Lhasa on 27 May along with his friend Dorje Tseten. Dargye survived but we currently do not know anything else about his condition or current whereabouts.
Dorjee Tseten who set himself on fire in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa yesterday.
This photo is of a protest that took place on 21 March. Around 100 monks marched to the local government offices in Bhora Township. They were carrying Tibetan flags and images of the Dalai Lama and calling for freedom.
Photos from events in Rebkong this week. WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES. Some people may find some of the content of this album distressing.