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China: 5th Tibetan in week sets self on fire, dies

Last Updated: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 15:33

Beijing: A 23-year-old man has become the fifth Tibetan in a week to set himself on fire and die in a county in far western China to protest against Chinese rule, a rights group said Saturday.

Tsewang Kyab set himself on fire last evening on the main street of Amuquhu town in Xiahe county, London-based Free Tibet said.

Earlier yesterday, a 24-year-old Tibetan farmer, Lhamo Tseten, died from self-immolation near a military base and a government office in Amuquhu, the group said. China`s official Xinhua News Agency reported the self-immolation of a Tibetan man by the same name, though details were slightly different.

Xinhua said that Lhamo Tseten was a 23-year-old villager and that he set himself on fire near a hospital.

Calls to local governments in both Xiahe and the higher administration Gannan prefecture rang unanswered today.

In the past week in Xiahe, which is in Gansu province, a herdsman, a farmer and a man in his late 20s also died after setting themselves on fire.

Dozens of ethnic Tibetans have set themselves on fire in heavily Tibetan regions since March 2011 to protest what activists say is Beijing`s heavy-handed rule in the region.

Many have called for the return of the Dalai Lama, their exiled spiritual leader.


First Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 15:33
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