ThÃch Quáº£ng Äá»©c (Car, Hue, Vietnam)
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HÃ²a thÆ°á»£ng ThÃch
born LÃ¢m VÄƒn Tá»©c in 1897 â€“ died 11 June 1963) was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on 11 June 1963. ThÃch Quáº£ng Äá»©c was protesting against the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam's NgÃ´ ÄÃ¬nh Diá»‡m administration. Photos of his self-immolation were circulated widely across the world and brought attention to the policies of the Diá»‡m regime. Malcolm Browne won a Pulitzer Prize for his iconic photo of the monk's death, as did David Halberstam for his written account. After his death, his body was re-cremated, but his heart remained intact. This was interpreted as a symbol of compassion and led Buddhists to revere him as a bodhisattva, heightening the impact of his death on the public psyche.
ThÃch Quáº£ng Äá»©c's act increased international pressure on Diá»‡m and led him to announce reforms with the intention of mollifying the Buddhists. However, the promised reforms were implemented either slowly or not at all, leading to a deterioration in the dispute. With protests continuing, the Special Forces loyal to Diá»‡m's brother, NgÃ´ ÄÃ¬nh Nhu, launched nationwide raids on Buddhist pagodas, seizing the holy heart and causing deaths and widespread damage. Several Buddhist monks followed ThÃch Quáº£ng Äá»©c's example and burned themselves to death. Eventually, an Army coup toppled and killed Diá»‡m in November. The self-immolation is widely seen as the turning point of the Vietnamese Buddhist crisis which led to the change in regime
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