Thich Quang Duc

* 1897, Hoi Khanh, Vietnam

† 11 June 1963, Saigon, Vietnam

“Before closing my eyes and moving towards the vision of Buddha, I respectfully plead with President Ngo Dinh Diem for compassion towards the people of the nation and for implementing religious equality to maintain the strength of the homeland for eternity.”

Thich Quang Duc, 11 June 1963

On 11 June 1963, sixty-seven-year-old Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, had petrol poured over him and set himself on fire in protest against the persecution of Buddhists.

“Palach’s self-immolation is impalpable, substandard. It defies common ethical evaluation. It evokes great emotions, many questions, debates and often opposing assessments. He is both condemned and glorified.”

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