Local Tibetans say the heavy-handed reaction of the authorities in the six months after that event backfired, encouraging the self-immolations to continue. Chinese officials ordered the People’s Armed Police to surround the monastery; built a wall to cut off a rear entrance; banned all religious activities; smashed photographs of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader; forced monks to attend patriotic re-education sessions; cut off Internet access; and barred pilgrims from entering. They also took away 300 monks in a nighttime raid; many of them have not returned.’

China is using the same techniques that found favour in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. The Allies defeated Germany and ended the atrocities. Time and American money took down the Soviet Empire and closed most of the gulags.

Who or What Will Free Tibet?

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