New Self-Immolation in Sichuan

Another Tibetan set himself on fire in Sichuan’s Aba prefecture early on Wednesday evening, according to India-based monks who gave a statement to Radio Free Asia:

The still-unidentified Tibetan man shouted slogans before self-immolating, they said.

“The protester appeared to be a monk,” Yeshe and Tsering said, quoting a source, “but his name and place of origin and other details are not known.”

“He was immediately taken away by soldiers and police,” they said, adding that two other monks were detained in the vicinity.

“Their identities are also unknown,” Yeshe and Tsering said.

The latest incident took place amid a worldwide vigil day called for by the Tibetan exile leader and, if true, would bring to at least 20 the number of Tibetans who have taken their lives to protest Chinese rule since March 2009, according to The New York Times. It also comes just days after three Tibetan livestock herders reportedly lit themselves ablaze in Sichuan’s Seda County.

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