Group: Tibetan man sets fire to himself in China

AP News
Posted: Aug 06, 2012 9:27 AM
Group: Tibetan man sets fire to himself in China

BEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan man set himself on fire in southwestern China on Monday and was taken away by local authorities, in the latest of dozens of self-immolations in Tibetan areas of the country since early 2011, a rights group said.

London-based Free Tibet said the man set fire to himself in a main street in Aba county in Sichuan province. It said police quickly put out the flames and took him away in a car. It did not provide other details such his name or age.

The group said the man was reported to be alive but his upper body was badly burned.

A woman who answered the phone at the local government offices declined to confirm or deny the report.

More than 40 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March 2011. Many of the self-immolations occurred in Aba county, the site of the Tibetan Kirti monastery that has been a center of dissent against China for years.

Free Tibet said the road where the man set himself on fire is known as Martyr's Street because of the many immolations that have occurred there.

Supporters say they are protesting Beijing's heavy-handed rule in Tibetan regions. China has blamed the Dalai Lama for inciting the immolations, which the exiled spiritual leader denies.