Three people set themselves on fire in Downtown Beijing earlier this afternoon, according to Xinhua. The three sat in a vehicle and started the fire at around 3pm at the intersection of Chang’an Ave and Wangfujing Ave, a busy shopping area less than one kilometer from Tiananmen Square.
Update: A Beijing gov’t information office report said the police stopped the car and extinguished the fire. Two of the passengers, a man and a woman, were hospitalized. The report said nothing about what happened to the third person.
Twitter users point out that it’s the Tibetan New Year today, though there’s no confirmation that this has anything to do with that.