Teenage Tibetan nun sets herself on fire in China

Posted by Kitara Julian On 6:29 AM
An 18-year-old Tibetan nun has set herself on fire in western China in the latest protest against Beijing's handling of the Tibetan regions it rules, an activist group said.

Free Tibet said in a statement that the nun had set herself on fire on Saturday and was believed to have survived. The young woman, identified as Tenzin Choezin, was a nun at the Mamae nunnery in Sichuan province's Aba prefecture, the statement said.

It said Choezin shouted slogans of protest against the Chinese government before setting herself on fire at a junction close to the nunnery.

"Soldiers and police came immediately and took her away," the statement said. "Soldiers then surrounded the nunnery and sealed it off."

As many as 18 monks, nuns and ordinary Tibetans have set themselves on fire over the past year, and Free Tibet says at least 12 have died from their injuries. Read More

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