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Tibetans Burn for their Faith and Freedom

posted Dec 7, 2011, 8:12 PM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Dec 9, 2011, 1:06 PM ]

By Tsering Woeser.

Leaving Lhasa for Beijing one month ago, I was relieved to no longer be living under martial law, with soldiers and police everywhere. But for Tibetans the pain follows wherever we go: The news that another Tibetan has set fire to herself arrives.
Thirteen monks and nuns have committed suicide as a protest since 2009. Most distressing of all is the sight of Palden Choetso, a 35-year-old nun, burning herself last month. The video runs no more than three minutes, and as soon as it begins one is surprised.

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