Teenage Tibetan monk self-immolates, dies

By REUTERS
February 20, 2012 05:40

 
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BEIJING - A teenage Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire and died in southwestern China, a rights group said, in the latest reported self-immolation by a monk denouncing Chinese policies in Tibet and demanding the return of the Dalai Lama.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said last week the self-immolations were extreme acts to undermine stability in the region and had no popular support, the highest level comments since increased tension in January.

Nangdrol, 18, set himself ablaze on Sunday in Ngaba (Aba in Chinese), a Tibetan populated area in Sichuan province, the London-based International Campaign for Tibet said in an email.

There have been as many as 23 burnings over the past year, not including Sunday's incident, according to rights groups.

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