Two young Tibetan men self immolated on Wednesday in eastern China’s Qinghai province in the continuing wave of apparent protest against China’s rule over Tibet.
One man died on the spot, a rights group said, adding that the second person was critically burnt.
With the latest incident, more than 35 Tibetan monks and civilians have set themselves afire across provinces of eastern China inhabited by ethnic Tibetans.
“Two young Tibetan laymen, Nyawang Norpal, 22, and Tenzin Kaldrup, 24, set fire to themselves at approximately 3.30pm local time in Zathod Township, Tridu County, Eastern Tibet (2). Tenzin Kaldrup died at the scene and Nyawang Norpal’s condition is described as critical. Both have been taken to the local Zilkar monastery,” London based Free Tibet said in a statement.
The statement added that Nyawang Norpal and Tenzin Kaldrup left a letter saying that they were setting fire to themselves for the sake of all Tibetans and calling for solidarity amongst Tibetans.
The Chinese government says the self-immolations are instigated by the Dalai Lama, based out of Dharamsala.