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Tibetan rights group says monk set himself on fire

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 10:02

Beijing: A Tibetan activist group says another
monk has set himself on fire to protest against China`s tight grip over Buddhist practices.

Free Tibet said today that the monk, aged 17 or 18, was
from the Kirti monastery in Aba in western Sichuan near the
Tibetan border. A statement from the group, which calls for
self-determination for Tibet, said it is the fifth such
incident this year.

It said the monk called for religious rights and freedom
in Tibet when he set himself on fire.

Aba and the Kirti monastery have been the scene of
numerous protests over the past several years against the
Chinese government. It was not possible to independently
confirm the report.


First Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 10:02
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