Two Tibetans set selves on fire in latest protest

Last Updated: Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 08:28

Beijing: Two Tibetans have set themselves on fire in southwest China in the latest self-immolation protest against the Chinese government.

The official Xinhua News Agency said on Saturday the two former monks aged 18 and 20 set themselves on fire in Sichuan province`s Aba prefecture on Friday.

Xinhua cites a county spokesman as saying the monks were rescued and were being treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

They are the fourth and fifth Tibetans to set themselves on fire in Aba county in the past two weeks.

The activist group International Campaign for Tibet says the two young men clasped their hands together as they set themselves alight.

Aba prefecture has been the scene of numerous protests in past years against the Chinese government.

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First Published: Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 08:28

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