Chinese officials beat Tibetan man to death during violent clash in Sichuan province

Sichuan province

Chinese police officials thrashed a Tibetan man to death during a clash that took place after two Tibetans set themselves on fire, in one of the worst violent protests in the nation in months.

The violence occurred in the Aba Prefecture of China's Sichuan Province, which has emerged as a center of political activism and the site of dozens of self-immolations in the past few years.

The area, home to the influential Kirti Monastery, has been flooded with security forces, but has been unable to stop the clashes.

According to a news journal, the unrest comes as China enters a sensitive period, with the top leaders of the ruling Communist Party set to change by the end of this year.

A large number of police tried to clear the immolation site and ended up clashing with Tibetans, while the two men, who self-immolated, were taken to a hospital by Chinese security forces, but that their condition was unknown.

China has maintained that Tibet has always been part of its territory, but many Tibetans say the Himalayan region was virtually independent for centuries until Chinese troops invaded in the 1950s, the report said.

Nearly 50 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in China since 2009, with many shouting anti-government slogans and calling for the return of their exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, it added.

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