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Another Tibetan monk self-immolates in protest against Chinese rule

Beijing, Sun, 12 Feb 2012 ANI

Beijing, Feb 12 (ANI): A Tibetan monk has reportedly set himself on fire in protest against China's political and religious repression.


The monk, thought to be in his 30s, is believed to have survived the suicide attempt in China's Qinghai Province,


He is believed to be in a serious condition, The Sky News reports.


Pro-Tibet groups claimed that Chinese security personnel took him away from the scene of his self-immolation, and his whereabouts are unknown.


The incident brings the number of Tibetans inside China to have set themselves alight over the last year to 21.


Many of the suicides and attempted suicides were monks and nuns, including a senior member of the clergy widely regarded as a 'living Buddha'.


It is believed that the self-immolations are protests against Chinese interference in Tibetan religious practices.


Several of those who set themselves on fire are reported to have chanted slogans calling for religious freedom as they burned. (ANI)


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