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Another Tibetan has burned himself to death, the sixth protester to do so in less than a month, bringing the number of self-immolations since February 2009 to 57.
Dhondup, in his late 50s, set himself on fire while other Tibetans were offering prayers at the Labrang monastery in Sangchu (in Chinese, Xiahe) county in the Kanlho (Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the sources said, citing local residents.
London-based advocacy group Free Tibet said in a statement that according to an eyewitness, police arrived shortly after his burning and tried to remove the body, but were prevented from doing so by the monastery manager and other monks.
Labrang Monastery, home to the largest number of monks outside of the Tibet Autonomous Region, is renowned for its resistance to Chinese rule, but this is the first self-immolation to occur there, Free Tibet said.
In 2008, monks at the monastery staged a protest while journalists were there on a visit organized by Chinese authorities just after riots in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. The violence had resulted in a brutal crackdown by the Chinese security forces.
The Tibetan government in exile, headed by Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay, pleaded in September for Tibetans in China to stop the “drastic” self-immolation protests. However, previous such pleas, including from the Dalai Lama, have gone ignored.
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