The Straits Times
Published on Oct 06, 2012

Tibetan burns himself to death in China protest


BEIJING (AFP) - A writer who spoke out against Chinese repression of Tibet has burned himself to death, a rights group said, the 53rd person to set themselves ablaze protesting Beijing's rule.

Gudrub, 42, called for freedom for the region and the return of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama while flames engulfed him in Tibet's Nagchu county on Thursday, the US-based International Campaign for Tibet said in a statement.

Gudrub, who was identified by only one name, was taken to a local hospital by the authorities where he was pronounced dead, the group said, citing multiple exile Tibetan media outlets.

China's Tibetan-inhabited areas have seen a surge in such protests since February 2009, with at least 53 Tibetans setting themselves alight, mostly since March last year, the group said.