Why Do Tibetans Self-immolate? Following a surge in self-immolations in Tibetan areas in late 2012, authorities cracked down on access to news and information in the region. In recent weeks, the number of self-immolations seems to have slowed, or at least additional incidents have not been reported by the Western press if they have occurred. Wang Lixiong, a Chinese writer who is married to prominent Tibetan writer Woeser, analyses the final words of many of the self-immolators to try to understand their motivations. He comes up with several motives, which he weights according to how many of the self-immolators referenced them. His essay is translated on Woeserâ€™s blog, Invisible Tibet: By the end of 2012, close to 100 Tibetans had self-immolated, and many of those had died. Phayul just reported that a ninth grade student in Dharamsala, India, was prevented from lighting himself on fire in November. Read more about the self-immolations via CDT. Last-words Analysis: Why Do Tibetans Self-immolate? - China Digital Times (CDT) ****************************** Interesting thoughts. Does indicate the struggle of the Tibetans for preventing the wiping out of the singular Tibetan identity being the main issue.