A Tibetan exile chanting anti-China slogans briefly set himself on fire in Nepal on Thursday before his companions put out the flames, police said.
Since March there has been a series of self-immolations by Buddhist monks and nuns in southwest China, but Kathmandu police said the staged protest was not a suicide bid.
The protester wrapped himself in a Tibetan flag and lit himself as fellow demonstrators stood by ready to extinguish the fire, Shyam Gyawali, deputy superintendent of Kathmandu police, said.
“There were friends with him who immediately put it out,” Gyawali said. Police said the man may have suffered minor burns.