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China calls for crackdown on worsening Tibetan immolations

Published on Nov 25, 2012 7:06 PM
 
A Tibetan activist shouts pro-Tibetan slogans as he is arrested by Indian police moments after he and some other dozen activists tried to rush the gate of the Chinese embassy in New Delhi on Nov 12, 2012. China called for an intensified crackdown on separatism in its Tibetan-inhabited regions, as an advocacy group said repression was encouraging self-immolations in protest at Chinese rule. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China called for an intensified crackdown on separatism in its Tibetan-inhabited regions, as an advocacy group said repression was encouraging self-immolations in protest at Chinese rule.

Three people have set themselves ablaze since Thursday, two in China's north-western province of Qinghai and one in neighbouring Gansu, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) said.

"The Tibetans who are self-immolating - now in more rapid succession - have clearly not been dissuaded by the security buildup or other means of official intimidation," ICT head Mary Beth Markey said in a statement.

"Unless and until there is some initiative that can break through the cycle of repression and protest, I think we all acknowledge that more Tibetans will be prepared to take the agonising action of self-immolation."

 
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