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Beattie Reports on China Tibet


Q&A Powers & Beattie / China Tibet / A Chinese court has sentenced a man to 13 years in prison for "inciting" a Tibetan monk to set himself on fire, the latest in a series of government moves aimed at halting self-immolation protests against Chinese rule. The official Xinhua news agency today said the defendant, referred to as Phagpa, was found guilty of inciting a monk "to self-immolate for the freedom and independence of the Tibetan ethnic group." The court convicted him of "intentional homicide," even though the monk did not follow through with the suicide attempt. Chinese authorities have detained dozens of people in ethnic Tibetan regions, as Beijing attempts to halt more than three years of self-immolations by nearly 100 Tibetans protesting what they call Chinese repression of their people and culture. Tibet scholar John Powers of Australian National University told VOA's Victor Beattie Chinese authorities are "locked in a single mode" in dealing with Tibetan protests

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