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New Chinese Leadership Flounders on Tibet Issue

Many Tibetans were hopeful that China's new leaders would address the Tibet issue and make reforms. But since taking office earlier this month, policies towards Tibet have only become more restricted.In tandem with the restrictions, the number of self-immolations soared this month, with 19 Tibetans setting themselves on fire.[Tsering Tsomo, Director, Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy]:"It shows that they are desperate for particularly the people of Tibet. So, because of the repressive policies, because of the strict control over the day-to-day life of particularly the monasteries, they cannot practice their daily rituals, routine, as they like."Renowned Tibetan poet and activist, Tenzin Tsundue says he thinks the clampdown is a sign that the Chinese regime is losing its power.[Tenzin Tsundue, Tibetan Activist and Poet]:"78 cases of self-immolation says that issue of Tibet will not only live on, but there is a serious crisis happening in Tibet and this also shows the Chinese government is losing its authority, its control in Tibet and they are now desperate to do anything possible."But Tsundue still has optimism.[Tenzin Tsundue, Tibetan Activist and Poet]:"While Tibetans have been suffering under the Chinese occupation, but we are becoming much more united and overall, there is unity and a very powerful non-violent resistance movement is going on under the leadership of His Holiness Dalai Lama."The Chinese regime has accused the Dalai Lama as orchestrating the self-immolations. The Tibetan Spiritual leader in exile denies this, and has consistently condemned the use of suicide to bring about political change.For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tvFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionAdd us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C

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