On June 11 1963, during the protest of the prosecution of Buddhist by south Vietnamese government led by Ngo Dinh Diem, a man named Quang Duc Self immolate himself. The Photograph of his self-immolation is seen below 👇
circulated widely around the world and brought attention to the policies of the Diem government. John F. Kennedy said in reference to a photograph of Quang Duc on fire, “No news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one.”Malcolm Browne won a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of the monk’s death.
A day before the incident, June 10, 1963, reporters received a cryptic message claiming that “something important” would occur the next day in Saigon, at a busy intersection just a few blocks from thepresidential palace.
The correspondents didn’t think much of this, and most decided not to go. The next day, among a few journalists, only two photographers bothered to show up. One of them forgot his camera.
The other (Malcom Browne) won a Pulitzer PrizeThat day, a small turquoise car festooned with banners demanding religious freedom led a procession of a few hundred monks and nuns. The monks chanted. People stopped and watched the procession and then returned to their business. It was a busy street on a busy day..And by this point, Buddhist protests were nothing new.
The procession reached the intersection in front of the Cambodian embassy and stopped, blocking all cross traffic. The group of monks fanned out into a semi-circle around the turquoise car, silently staring and waiting👇🏽
Three monks got out of the car. One placed a cushion on the street, at the center of the intersection. The second monk, an older man named Thich Quang Duc, walked to the cushion, sat down in the lotus position, closed his eyes, and began to meditate.The third monk from the car opened the trunk and took out a five-gallon canister of gasoline, carried it over to where Quang Duc was sitting, and dumped the gasoline over his head, covering the old man in fuel.
People covered their mouths. Some covered their faces as their eyes began to water at the fumes. An eerie silence fell over the busy city intersection. Passersby stopped walking. Police forgot what they were doing
There was a thickness in the air. Something important was about to happen. Everyone waited.
With gasoline-soaked robes and an expressionless face, Quang Duc recited a short prayer, reached out, slowly picked up a match, and without breaking his lotus position or opening
his eyes, struck it on the asphalt and set himself on fire.
Instantly, a wall of flames rose around him. His body became engulfed. His robe disintegrated. His skin turned black. A repulsive odor filled the air, a mixture of burnt flesh and fuel and smoke.
Wails and screams erupted throughout the crowd. Many fell to their knees, or lost their balance entirely. Most were just stunned, shocked and immobilized…
Yet, as he burned, Quang Duc remained perfectly still.
News of Quang Duc’s self-immolation quickly spread, and angered millions all across the planet.
That evening, Diem gave a radio address to the nation during which he was audibly shaken by the incident. He promised to reopen negotiations with the Buddhist leadership in thecountry and to find a peaceful resolution, but it was too late..
Soon, thousands of people poured into the streets in open revolt against his administration. His military commanders began to disobey him. His advisers defied him.
Eventually, even the United States could no longer justify supporting him. President Kennedy soon gave his nod of approval to plan by Diem’s top generals to overthrow him
A few months later, Diem and his family were assassinated.
David Halberstam, a correspondent for the New York Times, later described the scene: “I was too shocked to cry, too confused to take notes or ask questions, too bewildered to even think. . . . As he burned he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, his outward composurein sharp contrast to the wailing people around him..
After the whole incident, it’s discovered that Thich Quang Duc heart was intact and in sharp without damage…
On June 11 1963, during the protest of the prosecution of Buddhist by south Vietnamese government led by Ngo Dinh Diem, a man named Quang Duc Self immolate himself. The Photographs of his self-immolation were 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽
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