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Three years after the demonstrations which saw more than one hundred dead in many number of incidents in Tibet, unrest has flared up again.
This time, it was a series of self-immolations which began on March 16, 2011 when Phuntsog, a 21-year old monk of Kirti Monastery, set himself on fire in Ngaba.
It continued on 15 August with Tsewang Norbu of Tawu Nyatso Monastery, and since the beginning of 2012, it has intensified further. More than 23 cases of self-immolation have been reported since then.
If one looks at the profiles of those who did the supreme sacrifice, one is surprised to see how young some of these monks or nuns were; for example, Tenzin Choeden, who immolated herself on February 11, was a young 18-year old nun of Ngaba (Eastern Tibet).
These new 'protestors' have not witnessed the Tibetan uprising of 1959, the Martial Law in Tibet in 1988/89, the Tiananmen Square events a few months later or the riots of the early 1990's.
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