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The U.S. State Department says the spate of self-immolations in Tibetan areas of southwestern China are not the work of outcasts or troublemakers as China contends, but rather the desperate acts of people who are being denied their basic human rights. 

U.S. Undersecretary of State Maria Otero also rejected China’s assertion that spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is encouraging the fiery protests.

“Clearly these self-immolations are not only desperate acts, but desperate acts born of the frustration and the despair that people feel as they see the increased violations of their human rights, and the increased restrictions [imposed] on Buddhist monasteries,” said Otero.’

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Every now and again even the US state department gets it right. 





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