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Two Tibetans die in latest self-immolations: Report

Published on Nov 12, 2012 11:28 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Two Tibetans died in separate self-immolations on Monday, China's state media said, the eighth and ninth reported to have set themselves on fire in the last week as the ruling Communists gather for a leadership transition.

Both incidents took place in Tongren, a county in north-west China's Qinghai province, Xinhua news agency said. They were the latest self-immolations to highlight simmering desperation in Tibetan areas.

Self-immolations to protest against Chinese rule of the Tibetan heartland have occurred since 2009.

Sixty-nine people have set themselves on fire, of whom 54 died, the India-based Tibetan government-in-exile had said before the latest incidents.