Alleged Tibetan immolation photos show man ablaze
Beijing: A Tibetan writer posted photos online on Friday allegedly showing scenes from two self-immolations in Lhasa, the latest in a series of anti-government suicide protests but the first in the tightly guarded regional capital.
There have been more than three dozen Tibetan self-immolations in China since March last year, but the two Sunday were the first reported in Lhasa.
Protests have become rare in remote Tibet and Lhasa in particular because of tight police security that has blanketed the capital since anti-government riots erupted there in 2008.
Beijing-based Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser posted the images to her blog and Twitter feed and told a news agency that she did not know who took the photos but that they were forwarded to her by someone she trusts.
The four images show recognisable buildings and stupas close to the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa where state media say the two men lit themselves on fire Sunday afternoon.
Woeser's captions say two of the images are of 25-year-old Dhargye walking while covered in flames near a Buddhist temple as two people rush at him carrying a blanket or a coat. She says the type of plaid shirt worn by one of the men is common to plainclothes police routinely stationed in the center of Lhasa.
The official Xinhua News Agency earlier identified the man who set himself alight as Dargye, from Aba county in Sichuan province which borders Tibet, and said he was hospitalized and is in stable condition.