Tibetans set themselves alight


Authorities in China have launched a major security operation to try to end a wave of unrest caused by Tibetan campaigners. More than 21 people are reported to have publicly set themselves on fire - five in the past week.

Sichuan province, bordering Tibet, is where most of the trouble has happened.

At least 21 people are reported to have publicly set themselves on fire, five in the past week alone, in a campaign calling for more freedom for Tibetans.

Damian Grammaticas Article written by Damian Grammaticas Damian Grammaticas China correspondent

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    Comment number 58.

    57True or not does not change the fact that if you are Chinese and protest against China's government or communist party you will go to prison and you may be tortured and even killed. If you are not famous like WeiWei nobody in the West can help you. We don't know when or how but one day China will change.Cruel dictotorships always fall eventually, China's will too.China is a terrible place to live.Even many who are rich want to move away.The west exported its most dangerous low paying jobs to China.Our chemical pollution too.China pays a heavy price for being cheapest place to manufacture

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    Comment number 57.

    Tell me the western terrorists didn't start this way.

    First killing themselves then the next bunch killing people around them, one then more come after them.

    Just going by another name but they are the same in the end, terrorists.

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    Comment number 56.

    55 The Tibetan monks and other Tibetan people burn themselves because they would rather die than live under the brutal dictatorship of China. China does not allow freedom anywhere. If you are Chinese do not speak against your government or you willl go to prison and your organs may be removed to sell to rich Westerners who need transplants. Tibetans may suffer under their own system but they want to change it themselves their way, not imposed from outside by anyone includiing China. China wants to steal the freedom of Taiwan too.China risks war with America if it attacks Taiwan.

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    Comment number 55.

    Why the monks set fire on themselves? In the big scale, the monks were not only serve as religious men, but slave owners too who had absolute powers over common Tibetans. Their religion-political status was abolished by communist party, this is the reason why Dalai ran away and the monks want everything restored as previous ages, freedom and religion were only an excuse to deceive innocent people. In detailed level, why there was not a high level monk burn himself, but only some young and common monk burn themselves? They were bewitched or might be forced to do so. Just like the 911 terrorists

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    Comment number 54.

    Long Live one of the world's truly loved and respected leaders----HH The Dalai Lama, head of the Tibetan Government.May he return home to a free Tibet one day. Tibetans have been treated worse than Jews in WWII.
    By an evil, cruel and unwanted gang in Beijing ----a gang that is so frightened of a spiritual and loved man who lives in India. DOWN WITH CHINA. LONG LIVE TIBET.


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