Other forms of protest continue, including large-scale demonstrations, frequently met with a violent response by the authorities. Last August, five Tibetan protesters died in custody after being shot by security forces at a peaceful protest in Kardze, eastern Tibet. They were denied medical treatment.
Although many monks and nuns have set themselves alight, most self-immolation protesters were not from religious institutions. They include teachers, students and herdsmen, as well as mothers and fathers.The youngest was just 15 years old.