Tibetan man self immolates in Nepal in protest against Chinese oppression

Tibetan man

A Tibetan man has set himself on fire in Nepal in an apparent protest against China's political and religious suppression in Tibetan areas.

According to the police, the man doused himself in petrol before setting himself ablaze near a famous Buddhist shrine. Eyewitnesses said that the man, dressed as a monk, chanted pro-Tibetan independence slogans while covered in flames, the BBC reports.

About 100 Tibetans are believed to have set themselves on fire since 2009.The self-immolations have been going on mainly in ethnic Tibetan areas of China.

Many have involved Buddhist monks or nuns calling for greater religious freedom and the return of their exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, Tibetan activist groups say.China has accused the exiled Dalai Lama of glorifying the protests, a claim he strongly objects.

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