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2 Tibetans Set Selves on Fire Outside Lhasa Temple

28 May 2012

Two men engulfed themselves in towering flames outside a temple that is a popular tourist site in Lhasa, marking the first time a recent wave of self-immolations to protest Chinese rule has reached the tightly guarded Tibetan capital. The men were taken away by authorities within minutes of setting themselves on fire on Sunday outside the Jokhang Temple, Radio Free Asia reported. There have been at least 34 immolations since March of last year—most in heavily Tibetan areas of China, but only one in Tibet itself and none in the capital.—AP