Tibetans resort to self-immolation in Chinese government protests
- 34 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March alone source
» Two separate incidents in Tibet on Monday: The self-immolation incidents quickly raised tensions near the Buddhist temple in Lhasa, leading many to believe that the tide is turning against Chinese rule in the region. ”For the Chinese authorities, it has very serious implications and suggests that the movement is spreading among Tibetans,” said Robbie Barnett, an expert on Tibet at Columbia University. ”It could lead to an increased severity of restrictions and controls.” One note: Most of the self-immolation incidents listed above didn’t take place in Tibet, but in Tibetan-populated areas in southwestern China.