Six Tibetans have set themselves alight in the last two days as protests escalate during the 18th Party Congress.
An 18-year-old man self-immolated on Thursday outside a monastery in Huangnan prefecture in Qinghai province where a 23-year-old woman also died after setting herself alight on Wednesday, the India-based exile government announced.
A trio of monks aged 16 or under also set themselves alight on Wednesday in Aba County in Sichuan province, with one dying of his injuries, while another burning was confirmed in the Tibetan Autonomous Region on the same day.
The protests have divided exiled Tibetans with some seeing them as a legitimate protest while others worry they contravene Buddhist beliefs in the sanctity of life.
Many gathered for a candle-lit prayer vigil in Dharamshala, home to about 10,000 exiled Tibetans, on Thursday in front of a large poster bearing the faces of those who have self-immolated.
Meanwhile in Beijing, firefighters have been stationed around Tiananmen Square ready to quickly extinguish any protesters who attempt to self-immolate in the heart of the capital.
[Via: Business Insider]