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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 More
    Protesting Communism. Feb 10, 1977
  2. 2
    1958 More
    Protesting Roman Catholic Church's condemnation of homosexuality. Jan 13, 1998
  3. 3

    Alice Herz

    1882 More
    Protesting Vietnam War. Mar 16, 1965
  4. 4

    Antanas Kalinauskas

    Protesting Communist rule in Lithuania. Aug 10, 1976
  5. 5

    Artin Penik

    1921 More
    Protesting ASALA attack at Esenbo?a International Airport. Aug 10, 1982
  6. 6

    Chan I-hua

    1957 More
    Protesting Blocking of funeral procession of Cheng Nan-jung. May 19, 1989
  7. 7

    Cheng Nan-jung

    1947 More
    Protesting For Taiwan independence. Apr 7, 1989
  8. 8

    Chinnasami

    Protesting For preservation of the Tamil language. Jan 25, 1964
  9. 9

    Choepel

    Protesting Political situation in Tibet. Oct 7, 2011
  10. 10

    Dawa Tsering

    1935 More
    Protesting Political situation in Tibet. Oct 25, 2011
  11. 11

    Eleftheriya Fortulaki

    Protesting Treatment of the Kurds in Turkey. Mar 28, 2006
  12. 12

    Evžen Plocek

    Protesting Communist rule in Czechoslovakia. Apr 2, 1969
  13. 13

    Florence Beaumont

    Protesting Vietnam War. Oct 15, 1967
  14. 14

    George Winne, Jr.

    Protesting Vietnam War. May 10, 1970
  15. 15

    Gregory Levey

    1978 More
    Protesting First Gulf War. Feb 18, 1991
  16. 16

    Hartmut Gründler

    1930 More
    Protesting Atomic policy. Nov 16, 1977
  17. 17

    Heo Se-uk

    1953 More
    Protesting South Korea – United States Free Trade Agreement. Apr 1, 2007
  18. 18

    Homa Darabi

    1940 More
    Protesting Women's rights after the Iranian Revolution. Feb 21, 1994
  19. 19

    Huguette Gaulin

    1944 More
  20. 20

    Israfil Shiri

    Protesting Rejection of his asylum claim. Aug 27, 2003
  21. 21
    1948 More
    Protesting Communist rule in Czechoslovakia. Jan 16, 1969
  22. 22

    Jan Zajíc

    1950 More
    Protesting Communist rule in Czechoslovakia. Feb 25, 1969
  23. 23

    Jeon Tae-il

    1948 More
    Protesting For more robust labour laws and the government's opposition to reform. Nov 21, 1970 ... more
  24. 24

    Joseba Elosegi

    1915 More
    Protesting Bombing of Guernica in 1937. Sep 19, 1970
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    Kathy Change

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

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