14 Feb '12, 5am

Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in China

Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in China

BEIJING: A teenage monk set himself on fire to protest China's rule in the nation's southwest, exile groups said Tuesday, as police in Washington arrested Tibet activists during a visit by China's vice president. The 19-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk, identified as Lobsang Gyatso, set himself ablaze on Monday in Sichuan province's restive Aba county, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and Free Tibet said. The Washington-based ICT said police violently beat the monk as they extinguished the flames, before taking him into custody. It was not immediately clear whether he survived. He was a monk at Aba's Kirti monastery, a leading Tibetan Buddhist institution that has been the scene of repeated protests by Tibetans against what they say is religious and cultural repression by Beijing. At least 20 Tibetans have set fire to themselves in the past year to protest what the...

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