Monday, March 5, 2012

China: Immolations Are Terrorism In Disguise



Following the self-immolation of more than 20 Tibetans in the last year, the Chinese authorities say they are preparing for "a war against secessionist sabotage".

At least 21 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in a spate of suicides and attempted suicides that began early last year.

Most of the self-immolations were carried out by Buddhist monks and nuns, some of them believed to be as young as 17.

Tibetan exile groups say that several of those who set themselves alight chanted slogans calling for greater religious freedom as they burned.

Many Tibetans in China complain of heavy-handed government interference in their religious practices, including forced "political education" sessions in monasteries. Read More