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China tries two Tibetan self-immolation 'inciters': Media

Published on Jan 26, 2013 7:09 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Two Tibetans in southwest China stood trial for murder on Saturday for allegedly inciting others to self-immolate, state media said, as authorities aim to crack down on this form of protest.

Lorang Konchok, 40, and his nephew Lorang Tsering, 31, "were accused of intentional homicide" for urging eight people to set themselves on fire, three fatally, the Xinhua news agency reported.

It cited a statement from the court in Aba prefecture in Sichuan province, where many immolations have taken place.

Nearly 100 Tibetans have carried out such acts since 2009 in protest against the Chinese government, which blames the acts instead on separatist forces and the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama.

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