Tibetan burns himself in monastery

2012-10-07 13:47
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Beijing - A Tibetan has burned himself to death inside a Buddhist monastery in China as part of a grisly series of protests against Beijing's hardline rule of the region, Radio Free Asia reported on Sunday.

Saturday's self-immolation by Sangay Gyatso meant that 44 ethnic Tibetans have now burned themselves to death since the protests began in February 2009, the US network reported.

Another 10 people are said to have set themselves on fire but survived.

Citing sources inside Tibet, RFA's Tibetan service said the latest protest happened inside the Dokar monastery, in the south of China's western province of Gansu.

RFA's Chinese-language website showed photographs of Gyatso's charred body but the station said that its sources had provided little information about the 27-year-old's background.

AFP was unable to obtain confirmation of the death from local authorities in Gansu, one of several Chinese provinces near Tibet proper that are home to large ethnic Tibetan minorities.

- SAPA
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