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As Tibetan self-immolations rise, Beijing tightens grip

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A monk reacts as he participates in a debate as part of Tibetan New Year celebrations at a temple in Langmusixiang, Sichuan Province February 22, 2012. As the number of self-immolations in restive Tibetan regions rises sharply, Beijing appears to be tightening rules against the anti-China protests despite hopes the new leadership may take a softer line against Tibet. Picture taken February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A monk reacts as he participates in a debate as part of Tibetan New Year celebrations at a temple in Langmusixiang, Sichuan Province February 22, 2012. As the number of self-immolations in restive Tibetan regions rises sharply, Beijing appears to be tightening rules against the anti-China protests despite hopes the new leadership may take a softer line against Tibet. Picture taken February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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In this undated handout photo released by The International Campaign on for Tibet (ICT) on December 7, 2012, paramilitary policemen, equipped with fire extinguishers, patrol a street of Lhasa. As the number of self-immolations in restive Tibetan regions rises sharply, Beijing appears to be tightening rules against the anti-China protests despite hopes the new leadership may take a softer line against Tibet. REUTERS/Handout/The...more

In this undated handout photo released by The International Campaign on for Tibet (ICT) on December 7, 2012, paramilitary policemen, equipped with fire extinguishers, patrol a street of Lhasa. As the number of self-immolations in restive Tibetan regions rises sharply, Beijing appears to be tightening rules against the anti-China protests despite hopes the new leadership may take a softer line against Tibet. REUTERS/Handout/The International Campaign for Tibet
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In this handout photo released by The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) on December 7, 2012, the body of Dhondup is seen still in flames near a side wall of Serkhang temple at Labrang Tashikyil monastery, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu province, October 22, 2012. As the number of self-immolations in restive Tibetan regions rises sharply, Beijing appears to be tightening rules against the anti-China protests...more

In this handout photo released by The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) on December 7, 2012, the body of Dhondup is seen still in flames near a side wall of Serkhang temple at Labrang Tashikyil monastery, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu province, October 22, 2012. As the number of self-immolations in restive Tibetan regions rises sharply, Beijing appears to be tightening rules against the anti-China protests despite hopes the new leadership may take a softer line against Tibet. REUTERS/Handout/The International Campaign for Tibet
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