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Five Tibetans self-immolate in China

Beijing, Nov 9 (): Five people including three monks and a 23-year-old woman have set themselves on fire in Tibetan parts of China to protest against Chinese policies in Tibet. Two of the protesters have died.

The five Tibetan self-immolations  came in a single day, a day before Thursday as the country’s leaders meet to begin a pivotal leadership transition. The three young monks set fire on themselves at about 3 pm near the police station in Sichuan province’s Ngaba county. They called for freedom and also the return of the exiled spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, according to Radio Free Asia.

Dorje, athe 15-year-old, monk died on the spot, while two others, 16-year-old Samdrub and Dorje Kyab were rushed to the hospital by the security forces. The situation of both of them is unknown. “Free Tibet”, London-based group stated this incident “the first triple self-immolation protest to happen in Tibet”.

After three hours of this incident, a 23-year-old woman, mother of a 5-year-old son in Qinghai province’s Rebkong county immolated herself and died. Tamdin Tso took petrol from a motorbike and set herself ablaze. Her charred body was taken back to her home where the people gathered for praying.

After the death of the woman, more than 3,000 local people assembled on the streets and protested against the Chinese rule, according to the Radio Free Asia.

The fifth Tibetan self-immolation took place in the Nagchu prefecture, on Wednesday.

Before the meeting of leadership transition during the country’s 18th Party Congress, the Tibet’s government appealed to China to change its approach of the Tibetan issue. Parliament Speaker Pempa Tsering says it may be the only way to stop the deadly protests.

Security forces have been deployed in Gomang and at Ngoshul Monastery.Heavy restrictions in the Ngaba County have been intensified.

According to reports, 68 Tibetans have self-immolated themselves since 2009 of which 55 of them died, including nine women.

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