RIGHTS GROUP SAYS ANOTHER TIBETAN SETS HIMSELF ON FIRE TO PROTEST CHINESE RULE

Fox News on October 20, 2012, published an AP report on another Tibetan setting himself on fire while shouting slogans calling for the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet, a London-based rights group said. Excerpts below:

Free Tibet said Lhamo Kyeb, 27, died Saturday near a monastery in northwestern China’s Gansu province. Citing a witness, it said he set himself on fire and ran toward Bhora monastery in Xiahe county and that state security forces standing nearby ran after him and tried to put out the flames.

The witness said Lhamo Kyeb attempted to stop them from extinguishing the fire, forcing them to back away, and then he walked toward the monastery and fell to the ground.

The group said nearly 60 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March 2011 to protest Chinese rule over the Himalayan region.

“Protests against China’s brutal suppression of Tibetan culture and identity have now reached a point where the international community must speak out,” Free Tibet director Stephanie Brigden said in a statement.

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