Tibet Group Says Mother Of 4 Sets Self On Fire

By Salon Staff

Published March 4, 2012 2:54PM (EST)

BEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan activist group says a mother of four has become the latest person to burn herself to death to protest government policies in Tibetan areas of China.

London-based Free Tibet said Sunday that Rinchen set herself on fire in front of a police station by the main gate to the Kirti Monastery in Aba prefecture in Sichuan province. It said the 32-year-old mother of four young children died at the scene.

More than 20 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in the last year to protest what they say are harsh Chinese policies that do not allow them to freely practice their religion.

Tibetan areas are mostly off limits to foreign media and it was not possible to immediately confirm the claim.

Salon Staff

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