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Suicide as a form of defiance and protestEdit

Thich Quang Duc - Self Immolation

The self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức.

Heroic suicide, for the greater good of others, is often celebrated. For instance, Mahatma Gandhi went on a hunger strike to prevent fighting between Hindus and Muslims, and, although he was stopped before dying, it appeared he would have willingly succumbed to starvation. This attracted attention to Gandhi's cause, and generated a great deal of respect for him as a spiritual leader. In the 1960s, Buddhist monks, most notably Thích Quảng Đức, in South Vietnam drew Western attention to their protests against President Ngô Đình Diệm by burning themselves to death. Similar events were reported during the Cold War in eastern Europe, such as the death of Jan Palach following the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, or Romas Kalanta's self-immolation in the main street of Kaunas, Lithuania in 1972. More recently, (November 2006) an American anti-war activist, Malachi Ritscher committed suicide by self-immolation as a protest against the 2003 Iraq war. Critics may see such suicides as counter-productive, arguing that these people would probably achieve a comparable or greater result by spending the rest of their lives in active struggle. Suicide or attempted suicide as a means of effecting social or political change is related to martyrdom.

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Clinical aspects
Suicide crisis
Assessment of suicide risk
Intervention | Prevention
Crisis hotline | Suicide watch
Suicide and mental health
Attempted suicide
Related phenomena
Parasuicide | Self-harm
Suicidal ideation | Suicide note
Types of suicide
Suicide by method
Altruistic suicide
Assisted suicide | Copycat suicide
Cult suicide | Euthanasia
Forced suicide| Internet suicide
Mass suicide | Murder-suicide
Ritual suicide | Suicide attack
Suicide pact | Teenage suicide
Jail suicide | Copycat suicide
Further aspects
Suicide and gender
Suicide and occupation
Suicide crisis intervention
Suicide prevention centres
Suicide and clinical training
Views on suicide
History of suicide
Medical | Cultural
Legal | Philosophical
Religious | Right to die
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