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Immolations are just one sign of tension over Communist rule

Immolations are just one sign of tension over Communist rule

By the time Dongtuk arrived, the body was gone. A pack of matches lay on the ground, the only sign of the horror that had taken place. Dongtuk picked them up and fingered them. About an hour earlier, one of the teenager's best friends had siphoned gasoline from a motorcycle, swallowed part of it and doused himself with the rest. Then he had set himself on fire. Standing at the scene near Kirti Monastery, where both had been apprentice monks, Dongtuk, then 17, considered the pack of remaining matches. "At that point, I felt no doubt at all," he said. "I wanted to die myself." Dongtuk's friend, Phuntsog, was among the first of more than 140 ethnic Tibetans...

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