Reuters reports that the three people who apparently set themselves on fire on Wangfujing in Beijing were a Uighur family who had come to Beijing to petition lawmakers during next week’s National People’s Congress meetings:
The family had come to Beijing to petition, apparently related to a dispute over housing, the Beijing-based source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.
The husband and wife, aged 59 and 58, were hospitalised with burn injuries, the man’s serious, the Xinhua news agency said late Wednesday without specifying their identities.
Their son, aged 28, was not injured and is in police custody, the source said.
See also a China Daily report.