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Another Tibetan in western China self-immolates


A rights group says a Tibetan farmer has set himself ablaze in front of a market in remote northwest China, becoming the second death by self-immolation near the Labrang Monastery in two days.

The monastery in Gansu province's Xiahe county is one of the most important outside of Tibet.

The Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet said in an email that Dorje Rinchen, a farmer in his late 50s, set himself on fire Tuesday on the main street in Xiahe and died later.

On Monday, a Tibetan herdsman died after setting himself on fire near the monastery.

Dozens of Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March 2011 in ethnic Tibetan areas of China in protest over what activists say is Beijing's heavy-handed rule in the region.

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