Seth'n'Spectrum: Peaceful protest (this counts, right?) really only works when your target audience can be shamed into sympathizing with you. Right now, the Han majority is largely utterly shameless (I have definitely met exceptions, but they are rarer than in most societies).At best, they are apathetic. At worst, they are nationalistic, Darwinistic assholes -- true relics from the nineteenth century.
Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Tank Man in Tienanmen Square was the same, even though he didn't get run over by the tank.
Gyrfalcon: Self-immolation as a form of protest works IF your audience truly reveres the kind of person who would commit such an act of total self-abnegation. Like highly militant Buddhist cultures, for instance, which is why it worked in Vietnam and Cambodia, and why the Chinese crack down on it so hard in Tibet. Since Buddhist monks are not supposed to commit acts of violence, they will protest in this fashion; however, their followers (who revere monks for just that reason) are not so constrained and could be inspired by the act to rise up against the government.That's my understanding of such actions; I could be wrong, as I often am; but I doubt such an act by such a person in such a location is mere "attention whoring".
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