Tibetan Woman and Student Set Themselves on Fire
Joining more than 20 Tibetans who have set themselves on fire in protest of the way the Chinese government is regulating the way in which Tibetans can practice their religion, a young mother and an even younger student felt this was the only way to express their intolerance of the new policies.
In an area where religious practices are what keep the people alive, it is sad that the Tibetan people are once again crying out for religious freedom.
With China’s annual legislative session about to get underway, the country has tightened security. That fact has not altered the Chinese rule in Tibetan areas that is creating a deadly response from what protesters say are harsh Chinese policies that do not allow them to freely practice their religion.
The month of March carries a lot of unhappy memories for the Tibetan people. Marking the anniversary of the Dalai Lama being forced to flee the country back in 1959, March is also the month when things went terribly wrong during an unsuccessful revolt against China resulting in deadly riots in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa in 2008. These deadly events shocked the world.
China continues to defend its position on its treatment of the Tibetan people and claims to be improving their living conditions by pouring money into their areas. But the drastic measures the Tibetan people seem to be taking makes that questionable.
Source: Associated Press