Tibetan sets himself on fire in India before China's Hu visit

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Posted: Mar 26, 2012 4:20 AM
Tibetan sets himself on fire in India before China's Hu visit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A Tibetan man set himself on fire in New Delhi on Monday at a protest against a visit by Chinese president Hu Jintao, who is due to arrive in India later this week for a summit meeting.

Pictures taken by a Reuters photographer show the protester enveloped in flames, before being taken to hospital with burns on his torso. It was not clear how serious his injuries were.

Thirty Tibetans have set themselves on fire, mostly in southwestern China, in the past year to protest against Chinese rule in Tibet, according to Tibetan rights groups. At least 20 of them have died.

(Reporting by Adnan Abidi; Writing by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Robert Birsel)