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Self-Immolation of Thích Quảng Đức

Photographer: Malcolm Browne

Year: 1963 World Press Winner


The Vietnamese monk Thích Quảng Đức sets himself ablaze in protest
against the persecution of Buddhists by the government of President Ngo
Dinh Diem.  He performed the act on June 11, 1963 at a busy Saigon road
intersection.  After his death, his body was re-cremated, but his heart
remained intact.  Thích Quảng Đức’s act increased international pressure on
Diệm and led him to announce reforms with the intention of mollifying the
Buddhists.  The self-immolation is widely seen as the turning point of the
Vietnamese Buddhist crisis which helped lead to the change in regime.

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Thích Quảng Đức


Thích Quảng Đức

Background & History

Thích is a Buddhist honorary title and Quảng Đức is descriptive of meritorious attributes: see dharma name.

Thích Quảng Đức[1] (1897 – 11 June 1963, bornLâm…

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