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Tibetans Missing After New Self-Immolation

Locations of self-immolations in Tibet
Locations of self-immolations in Tibet
VOA News
Another upset and frustrated Tibetan has set himself on fire to protest Chinese rule.

VOA's Tibetan service confirms Kunchok Kyab, 29, carried out his fiery protest early Friday in Shakdum town, in Ngaba Prefecture.  The married father of two was quickly taken away by Chinese security and his fate was unknown.

Sources says several Tibetans later approached Chinese forces to demand Kyab's return and that they are now missing.

There have now been at least 28 self-immolations in November and 90 self-immolations in Tibetan and ethnic Tibetan regions since 2009.

The acceleration in self-immolations has coincided with Tibetans staging several anti-China rallies, despite a heavy Chinese security presence.

Beijing accuses the India-based Dalai Lama of inciting the self-immolations to promote Tibetan separatism, a charge he denies.  Speaking on a visit to Mumbai, India Wednesday, the Dalai Lama said totalitarian forms of government are on the decline globally, and he urged China's Communist rulers to act according to what he called the "new reality."

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