[Updated 2:38 a.m.] Two Tibetans died after setting themselves on fire yesterday, said the speaker for the Tibetan parliament in exile. One of them was a 15-year-old monk in Ngaba county, where three monks burned themselves. The other is a 23-year-old woman from a separate incident in the Qinghai Province, said Penpa Tsering from Dharamsala, India, citing sources in Tibet.
[Posted 2:20 a.m.] A teenage Tibetan monk died yesterday and 2 were injured after they set themselves on fire in an act of protest on the eve of ¬†a key meeting of top Chinese officials, a Tibetan rights group said.
The boys, two of whom were 16 and the other 15, ¬†cried for Tibetan freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama, according to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. They were all from the same monastery in the county of Ngaba in the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, a majority Tibetan region of China.
CNN has reported on a number self-immolations in the past from Nbaga county by Tibetans protesting Chinese rule.
A separate Tibetan rights group, Free Tibet, said there was an additional self-immolation yesterday by a Tibetan but gave no details on the incident.
Chinese President Hu Jintao, set to begin handing over power to his successor, warned Thursday that a failure to deal with corruption could bring down China's ruling Communist Party and the state it controls.
Chinese leaders are meeting today in Beijing for the Communist Party's 18th National Congress in Beijing. The gathering will usher in a new set of leaders of the world's most populous nation. After a decade in power, Chinese President Hu Jintao¬†is expected to hand over the party's top job to Vice President Xi Jinping.