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Self-immolation instigators may face homicide charges (2)

By Bai Tiantian (Global Times)

09:42, December 07, 2012

"They act to some degree is very much like a suicide bomber. Many of those who set themselves on fire were coerced or tricked into burning themselves, believing by doing so their souls will be saved and they will be blessed in their next life," said Xu.

"It is just not in their religion to end their own lives in such an unnatural and abrupt way," Xu said. "The Tibetan Buddhism is long known for its advocacy of sympathy and leniency. They respect life more than anything and this new wave of self-immolation, sponsored by the Dalai Lama or not, is against the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and a severe violation of the law."

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