New Tibetan self-immolation: rights groups
BEIJING (AFP) - The grandfather of a revered Tibetan Buddhist figure has burned to death in northwest China after setting himself on fire in protest at Beijing's rule in the restive region, rights groups said on Sunday.
Tamdin Dorjee killed himself near a monastery in China's Gansu province, according to the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and Free Tibet groups, the latest in a series of protests against Beijing's rule in Tibetan areas.
The 52-year-old was said by the ICT to be the grandfather of the seventh Gungthang Rinpoche, who is believed by Tibetan Buddhists to be the reincarnation of an important religious figure.
The rights group also said an increased military presence had been witnessed around the monastery following the incident on Saturday.