Golf aan zelfverbrandingen in Tibet. Waarom?

Tibetan Buddhist nuns from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery sit on a mountain slope near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. To match Insight CHINA-TIBETANS/ REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION) REUTERS

Boeddhistische monniken die zichzelf in brand steken? Dat gebeurde altijd in India, Vietnam of Zuid-Korea, maar nooit of heel zelden in Tibet. Tot maart dit jaar, toen een monnik zichzelf uit protest tegen de Chinese onderdrukking in brand stak. Sindsdien zijn er nog tien zelfverbrandingen geweest, door monniken, ex-monniken en nonnen, de laatste eerder deze maand. Wat is er in Tibet veranderd?

    • Stéphane Alonso