For more than a year the
deadly protests have swept the Tibetan plateau, waves of people burning
themselves alive in a widening challenge to Chinese rule.
The prime minister of
Tibet's government-in-exile calls them acts of desperation. The Dalai
Lama says they give China an excuse for even harsher crackdowns. But to
many Tibetans, they are carefully reasoned attempts to bring attention
to an often-forgotten cause.
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