China: The Significance of Tibetans' Self-Immolations

Apr 12, 2012 | 12:21 GMT

The coffin of a Tibetan exile who died after self-immolating March 28 in New Delhi is carried by supporters to the Tsuglagkhang temple in McLeod Ganj, India



China has seen an outbreak of self-immolations for more than a year among ethnic Tibetans, who do not commonly use the form of protest. The incidents highlight the difficulties Beijing faces in maintaining its ethnic policies. The protests also reveal changes in the Tibetan movement both inside and outside China that could further complicate China's drive for social cohesion.

Tibetan protesters' recent self-immolations indicate changes within the Tibetan movement and difficulties for China....

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