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Causes: Self-Immolations in Tibet

What Causes Tibetans to Self-Immolate?


Since 2009, more than 110 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 to protest China’s policy in their homeland. Most of the self-immolators called for the return of the Dalai Lama and freedom for the Tibetan people. The Chinese government dismisses these acts as a political plot by the Dalai Lama and his followers to destabilize Tibet and discredit Beijing’s modernization programs there. Why are these people resorting to setting themselves on fire? (Please note that this report contains some graphic scenes that viewers may find disturbing)

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