DAY OF THE DEAD

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Ti­betan pro­test­ers gath­ered out­side the of­fice of the United Na­tions in Delhi on May 29 to de­mand that a spe­cial ses­sion of the UN be held, ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­is­ers, to dis­cuss Chi­nese rule of Ti­bet. Or­gan­is­ers said the UN should “hold China re­spon­si­ble for their poli­cies and take ur­gent ac­tion for Ti­bet”. They al­lege that as many as 150 peo­ple have self-im­mo­lated protest­ing Chi­nese poli­cies. The pro­test­ers lay down next to mock coffins in­tended to rep­re­sent the dead. Ti­betan flags were draped over the coffins and the pro­test­ers lay un­der white shrouds. Self-im­mo­la­tions have in­creased dra­mat­i­cally since 2008 and pro­test­ers de­scribe them as in­dica­tive of the des­per­a­tion of Ti­betans liv­ing un­der oc­cu­pa­tion.

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