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Chinese Police Offer Cash for Tips on Immolators

25 October 2012

Police in a heavily Tibetan region of far west China are offering tipsters a reward of US $7,700 for information about planned self-immolations. Dozens of ethnic Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March 2011 in China to protest what activists say is Beijing’s heavy-handed rule in the region. Trying to stop the protests, police in Gansu Province’s Gannan Prefecture announced that people who tip off police about immolation plans will be rewarded 50,000 yuan. A photo of the written notice was posted to Twitter on Thursday by the Beijing-based Tibetan writer Woeser.—AP