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Tibetan Burns Himself To Protest China

Reports coming out of Tibet say a Tibetan man set himself on fire Sunday in China's northwestern Qinghai province.

The 20-year-old man, identified as Phakmo Thondup, set himself ablaze at Ja Khyung Monastery in Haidong Prefecture, allegedly protesting China's policies in Tibet.

Reports say monks from the monastery took him to a local hospital to be treated for burns. It was not immediately clear if his life was in danger.

A Tibetan with close contacts in the area tells VOA (Tibetan service) that a large contingent of Chinese security forces were dispatched to the Ja Khyung Monastery where the monks are praying for the victim's life.

More than 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in the past three years to protest what they call China's repression in Tibet.

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