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Iron Hare 2011: Flames of Resistance

In 1998, the first self-immolation protest by a Tibetan took place in New Delhi, India, when Thupten Ngodup set himself on fire during a hunger strike organised by the Tibetan Youth Congress. In Tibet, on 27 February 2009, self-immolation as a form of protest occurred for the first time in Tibet when Tapey, a 20-year-old monk from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba set his body on fire to protest Chinese rule. Since then, over 50 Tibetans have resorted to self-immolation protests to publicly express their discontent against the repressive policies of the Chinese government in Tibet.

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