Storm in the Grasslands: Self-immolations in Tibet and Chinese policy

by Delphine Metten | December 10, 2012 11:47 am

Since February 2009, 94 Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet, with a dramatic acceleration in frequency since the once-in-a-decade leadership transition at the Chinese Communist Party Congress in November. Twenty-eight Tibetans self-immolated in November alone, marking a new phase in the political struggle in Tibet. Many acts of self-immolation – that have recently been clustered in politically restive areas of Amdo in eastern Tibet – have been followed by mass gatherings of Tibetans to honor and express solidarity with those who have called for freedom for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama as they set themselves on fire.

ICT’s new publication ‘Storm in the Grasslands: Self-immolations in Tibet and Chinese policy’, reports that an almost daily frequency of self-immolations in recent weeks demonstrates a strong resolve among Tibetans to compel the new Chinese leadership to confront the policies and oppression that are the causes of these acts.

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Source URL: http://www.tibetpolicy.eu/storm-in-the-grasslands-self-immolations-in-tibet-and-chinese-policy/