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Tibetan monk sets himself on fire inside temple

Times International Desk - March 18th, 2013

A Tibetan Buddhist monk set himself on fire inside a western Chinese monastery recently singled out by the authorities as a hub of the grisly self-immolation protests striking the region.
The US-backed broadcaster Radio Free Asia (RFA) said on Sunday Sek Lobsang Thokmey, 28, was the 108th Tibetan to self-immolate in a string of protests against Chinese rule and religious restrictions starting in February 2009.
His protest took place on the fifth anniversary of a 2008 government crackdown in the area in which police fired into a crowd, allegedly killing 10 people.
The monk set himself on fire on Saturday inside his room at the Kirti monastery in Sichuan province’s mountainous Aba county, RFA said, The Straits Times publishes the report on Sunday.
Carrying a Tibetan Buddhist prayer flag, he ran toward the monastery entrance before collapsing and was rushed to hospital where he died, the report said.
A man who answered the phone at Kirti said the monastery was open to the public, but hung up when questioned about the self-immolation report.
Calls to local government and police offices rang unanswered.