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Tibetan farmer Dorje Rinchen died after setting himself on fire, the second self-immolation near the Labrang monastery in China's Gansu province in just two days.
A Tibetan farmer has died after setting himself on fire in northwest China's Gansu province, in the second self-immolation near the famed Labrang monastery in two days, according to a Tibetan rights group.
Graphic pictures posted by the International Campaign for Tibet show Dorje Rinchen running down a main street near the monastery in Xiahe county, his body covered in flames.
Other photos show Chinese troops in a standoff with local people in the town who had tried to protect his body.
The International Campaign for Tibet quoted a Tibetan from the monastery, now living in exile, as saying Dorje had told young Tibetans not to self-immolate.
Dorje was said to be in his late 50s, and used to sell bread at the monastery.
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More than 50 Tibetans, many of them monks and nuns, are reported to have set fire to themselves since 2009.
Another Tibetan man died Monday after setting fire to himself near the Labrang monastery.
The 300-year-old Buddhist Labrang monastery was the site of protests by monks and nuns following ethnic riots in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, in 2008.
The Dalai Lama has blamed the trend of self-immolations on a "cultural genocide" in Tibet under the Chinese government's hard-line rule.
China says Tibet has always been part of its territory, but many Tibetans argue the region was virtually independent for centuries, and accuse Beijing of suppressing their religion and culture.
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