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As Tibetan self-immolations rise, Beijing tightens grip

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...more

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 International Campaign for Tibet

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...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 despite hopes the new leadership may take a softer line against Tibet. REUTERS/Handout/The International Campaign for Tibet

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,...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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