On June 11th 1963, Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, sat down in the middle of a busy intersection in Saigon, covered himself in gasoline and He then ignited a match, and set himself on fire. Đức burned to death in a matter of minutes, and he was immortalized in a famous photograph taken by a reporter who was in Vietnam in order to photograph the war. All those who saw this spectacle were taken by the fact that Duc did not make a sound while burning to death. Đức was protesting President Ngô Đình Diệm’s administration for oppressing the Buddhist religion.
I am a Vietnamese Catholic whose parents fled from Vietnam during the war and even if this monk was protesting for Buddhism, I think anyone can admit he’s someone to admire.
i would have never been able to watch this as i would be in pain seeing him burn like this. being that i too am a vietnamese catholic, and he is protesting for buddhism….i have to admire him for his strong faith. reminds me of the time mother was telling me about how Catholics in Vietnam was not a religion people easily accept back then. she told me that way before she was born…Catholics were either forced to give up on their religion, or die…. i can’t really remember all the details or story all that much, but it was somewhere along that line. I too would have chosen death than to give my Catholic faith. I will never ever in my life leave my Heavenly Father for he will never leave us.