Two Tibetans set themselves on fire in west China
Two young Tibetans, a herder and a migrant carpenter, set themselves on fire and hold up Tibetan flags as the flames engulf them before they stumble and fall on a street in western China, in a graphic video of their immolations released Thursday.
One of the two men who self-immolated Wednesday in Yushu prefecture, a heavily Tibetan area in west China’s Qinghai province, died and the other was badly hurt, the Tibetan Youth Congress and China’s Xinhua News Agency said.
The cases add to about three dozen self-immolations over the past year in ethnic Tibetan areas of China in protest of what activists say is Beijing’s heavy-handed rule in the region. The government has confirmed some but not all of them.