"Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, burns himself to death on a Saigon street, June 11, 1963, to protest alleged persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. (Malcolm Browne/AP Photo)"
Ngo Dinh Diem was the first President of South Vietnam. He tried to suppress the culmination of Buddhists, however, South Vietnam had a large Buddhist population. This act of self-immolation is meant to signify martyrdom. Thich Quang Duc sat under a cushion and allowed his peers to pour gasoline on top of him. It was a way of protesting while meditating. The monk sat down, fearless, without flinching as he slowly burned to death. What’s amazing is that there are journalists who were able to capture it. He looks so peaceful as he sacrificed himself for his beliefs. This picture really hits the nerve.