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Tibetan teens in rare double immolation: Reports and rights groups

Published on Feb 21, 2013 12:51 PM
Pro-Tibet activists attend a demonstration to mark the 100th anniversary of the 13th Dalai Lama’s proclamation of Tibet’s independence near the Chinese embassy in Paris on Feb 13, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Two Tibetan teenagers died after they set fire to themselves in protest at Chinese rule, reports and Western rights groups said, in a rare instance of a double self-immolation in the restive region.

The former primary school classmates were named as 18-year-old Sonam Dargye and a 17-year-old identified by US-based Radio Free Asia (RFA) only as Rinchen.

They died Tuesday in Aba prefecture, a Tibetan area of Sichuan province in southwestern China, RFA said, where a wave of the gruesome acts have occurred.

Stephanie Brigden, head of London-based campaign group Free Tibet, which also reported the deaths, said: "Tibet's children... face all the challenges of life under oppression, and are often full participants in the struggle to resist it."

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