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In this visual day and age, the picture is mostly notable not as a protest over Tibet but for the fact that it’s sensational and showing up everywhere (in the Western media and social sphere). The way we also often relate to one photo in terms of another, it’s as if the famous 1963 photo of the self-immolating Vietnamese Buddhist monk has been updated.
( credit: Manish Swarup/Associated Press caption: Jampa Yeshi, a Tibetan protester self-immolated in New Delhi, ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to India, March 26, 2012.)
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