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Clashes in Tibet after self-immolation

Violent clashes between police and a group of locals, after an attempted self-immolation in South-West China, have left one woman with gunshot injuries and the fate of the person who set themselves alight unknown.

Kate Saunders, of the International Campaign for Tibet told reporters,

"According to at least two or three sources, a Tibetan layperson set themselves on fire this morning in Ngaba town. As police put out the flames, they beat him severely."

As local people tried to recover the body from the police, clashes began to erupt.

Stephanie Brigden, director of the London-based Free Tibet campaign group confirmed that at least one woman had been shot.

The Free Tibet group also said an eyewitnesses described the situation as "terrifying," and police had used "a strong gas" on the crowds, and that "many had fallen to the ground" who were then beaten and detained.

The attempted self immolation is the 16th within the last year to occur in Tibetan areas, mostly in the Sichuan province.

See our earlier posts:

2 more Tibetans self immolate in China (09 Jan 2012)

Cultural genocide fans self-immolations – Dalai Lama (07 Nov 2011)

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