Tibetan sets himself on fire in anti-China protest

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The Independent Online

A former Buddhist monk has set himself on fire to protest against Chinese rule in Tibet in the eighth such self-immolation this year.

Norbu Dathul, 19, set himself on fire on Saturday in the main market in Aba, a town in the western province of Sichuan near Tibet that has been the site of a series of protests, the Free Tibet group said. Police put out the fire and the man's condition was not immediately known.

The man shouted "Tibet needs freedom!" and called for the return of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, the group said. AP