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Self-Immolations as Protests

A list of people who lit themselves on fire as a form of activism or protest, typically for political reasons. "Self-immolation" is the technical term for setting one's self on fire, though it is typically used when the purpose of the act is a protest or for martyrdom, as opposed to insanity or other personal reasons. (The term "immolate" comes from a Latin word that implies ritual sacrifice.)

Though the practice rose to international prominence during the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s, when images of Buddhist monks immolating themselves introduced the concept to the larger world, the act of self-immolation in protest goes back hundreds of years in some cultures, particularly those of India. (There are also accounts of Russian martyrs committing what was called "fire baptism" in the 17th Century, and scattered reports of Jesuit priests in France engaging in the behavior at roughly the same time.)

This list contains all self-immolation acts reported by the media from 1963 until the present, all for political or activist purposes.
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    Alain Escoffier 1949 Protesting Communism. Feb 10, 1977

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    1958 Protesting Roman Catholic Church's condemnation of homosexuality. Jan 13, 1998

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    Alice Herz 1882 Protesting Vietnam War. Mar 16, 1965

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    Antanas Kalinauskas Protesting Communist rule in Lithuania. Aug 10, 1976

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    Artin Penik 1921 Protesting ASALA attack at Esenbo?a International Airport. Aug 10, 1982

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    Chan I-hua 1957 Protesting Blocking of funeral procession of Cheng Nan-jung. May 19, 1989

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    Cheng Nan-jung 1947 Protesting For Taiwan independence. Apr 7, 1989

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    Chinnasami Protesting For preservation of the Tamil language. Jan 25, 1964

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    Choepel Protesting Political situation in Tibet. Oct 7, 2011

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    Dawa Tsering 1935 Protesting Political situation in Tibet. Oct 25, 2011

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    Eleftheriya Fortulaki Protesting Treatment of the Kurds in Turkey. Mar 28, 2006

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    Evžen Plocek Protesting Communist rule in Czechoslovakia. Apr 2, 1969

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    Florence Beaumont Protesting Vietnam War. Oct 15, 1967

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    George Winne, Jr. Protesting Vietnam War. May 10, 1970

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    Gregory Levey 1978 Protesting First Gulf War. Feb 18, 1991

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    Hartmut Gründler 1930 Protesting Atomic policy. Nov 16, 1977

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    Heo Se-uk 1953 Protesting South Korea – United States Free Trade Agreement. Apr 1, 2007

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    Homa Darabi 1940 Protesting Women's rights after the Iranian Revolution. Feb 21, 1994

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    Huguette Gaulin 1944

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    Israfil Shiri Protesting Rejection of his asylum claim. Aug 27, 2003

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    1948 Protesting Communist rule in Czechoslovakia. Jan 16, 1969

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    Jan Zajíc 1950 Protesting Communist rule in Czechoslovakia. Feb 25, 1969

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    Jeon Tae-il 1948 Protesting For more robust labour laws and the government's opposition to reform. Nov 21, 1970 ...

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    Joseba Elosegi 1915 Protesting Bombing of Guernica in 1937. Sep 19, 1970

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    Kathy Change 1950 Protesting For directly democratic community-based self-government. Oct 22, 1996

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