One young Tibetan monk
walked down a street kicking Chinese military vehicles, then left a
suicide note condemning an official ban on a religious ceremony. Another
smiled often, and preferred to talk about Buddhism rather than
politics. A third man, a former monk, liked herding animals with nomads.
All had worn the crimson
robes of Kirti Monastery, a venerable institution of learning ringed by
mountains on the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau. All set themselves
on fire to protest Chinese rule. Two died.
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