Tibetan burns himself to death in China

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BEIJING: A Tibetan has died after setting himself on fire to protest China’s rule of the Himalayan region in the first self-immolation for three months, a rights group and overseas media said Wednesday. Sangye Khar set himself alight outside a police station in Xiahe county in western China’s Gansu province, the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and US-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA) both said. The 33-year-old set fire to himself in Amuqu township on Tuesday morning, and died “in protest against Chinese policies in Tibetan areas”, RFA said, citing anonymous local sources. The protest took place as authorities were reported to have stepped up a security crackdown as Tibetans gathered to mark a major religious festival.

AFP

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