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Tibetan sets self on fire to protest China: Reports

Published on Mar 17, 2014 11:43 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Tibetan monk in south-western China has set himself on fire to protest against a 2008 crackdown, overseas groups said, adding to a string of self-immolation protests in recent years.

Lobsang Palden carried out the act on Sunday on "Heroes Street" in Aba county in Sichuan province, said the British-based advocacy organisation Free Tibet and the US outlet Radio Free Asia (RFA).

Both said the road is so called because several such incidents have occurred there.

Police soon arrived, put out the fire and took Palden away, and his condition was not currently known, both organisations said, adding that security in the area had been tightened.

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