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China protest Tibetan man on fire

The grandfather of a revered Tibetan Buddhist figure has died after setting himself on fire in protest at Chinese rule, a human rights group has said.

It is the latest of dozens of self-immolations by Tibetans since 2009.

The London-based Free Tibet group said 52-year-old Tamdrin Dorjee died at the scene near Tso Monastery in north-western China's Gansu province.

The man was thought to be the grandfather of the seventh Gungthang Rinpoche, believed by Tibetan Buddhists to be the reincarnation of an important religious figure.

Mr Dorjee's body was taken to his home village. Photographs said to be from the scene showed dozens of villagers and monks gathered around a body in smoke.

Free Tibet says more than 50 Tibetans have self-immolated to protest at China's rule of the Himalayan region.


From Belfast Telegraph