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Tibetan protesters shot, nun self-immolates
A 20-year-old nun set fire to herself this week outside a nunnery in a mainly ethnic Tibetan part of Sichuan in China, calling for religious freedom in Tibet and for the return of the Dalai Lama, said a report in The West Australian.Image of a fire on Flickr
- October 19, 2011
The self-immolation and the protests would appear to signal that anger is growing in Aba prefecture, a mainly ethnic Tibetan part of the southwestern province of Sichuan that has been the center of defiance of Chinese control.
Rights groups say the unrest could lead to a crackdown in Aba, which erupted in violence in March 2008 when Buddhist monks and other Tibetans loyal to the exiled Dalai Lama, their traditional religious leader, confronted police and troops.
The condition and whereabouts of the two protesters who were shot and wounded, Dawa and Druklo, were not known, the London-based Free Tibet group said.
On Monday, a 20-year-old nun, Tenzin Wangmo, set fire to herself outside a nunnery in the same region, the ninth self-immolation this year in the Tibetan parts of China, Free Tibet said.
She had called for religious freedom in Tibet and for the return of the Dalai Lama, as she set herself alight, the Free Tibet group said.
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China police fire on Tibetans, nun burns to death: group (The West Australian/Reuters)
Grand prayer day to mourn Tibetan self-immolations (ABC Radio Australia)
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