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The fiery protest by Falun Gong members in Tiananmen Square was captured only on a grainy TV clip.

They did not wear saffron robes, nor was their desperate act immortalized in a photograph of bright flames engulfing stoic martyrs. Instead, they were wrapped in somber padded jackets, and their fiery protest was captured only on a grainy T.V. clip. But like the self-immolating monks of Saigon nearly four decades ago, the five believers who quietly doused themselves...

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