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A former Buddhist monk in western China set himself on fire to protest Chinese rule in Tibet (AP)

A former Buddhist monk in western China set himself on fire to protest Chinese rule in Tibet (AP)

A former Buddhist monk in western China set himself on fire to protest Chinese rule in Tibet (AP)

A former Buddhist monk has set himself on fire to protest Chinese rule in the region, a Tibet activist group said.

Free Tibet said the 19-year-old man set himself ablaze on Saturday in the town of Aba in western China that has been the site of a series of such protests.

The group said police put out the fire and the man's condition was unknown.

The group said the man was the eighth Tibetan protester to set himself on fire this year.

It said he shouted "Tibet needs freedom!" and called for the return of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

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