Groups Report Another Tibetan Self-immolation

Published February 18, 2012 5:36AM (EST)

BEIJING (AP) — Overseas groups say another Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in western China amid a wave of such protests against China's handling of its vast Tibetan areas.

The advocacy group Free Tibet says Tamchoe Sangpo set himself alight Friday during a prayer ceremony at a monastery in a remote region of Qinghai province. It gave no details about his current condition, although U.S.-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia said he had died.

A police officer in the county of Tianjun, where the monastery is located, and an official at the surrounding Haixi prefectural government said Saturday that they had no information about the case.

As many as 21 monks, nuns and ordinary Tibetans have set themselves on fire over the past year, and Free Tibet says at least 13 died from their injuries.

By Salon Staff

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