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Tibetan exiles strike an image of Chinese President Hu Jintao during a demonstration in India on Saturday. AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal/PA Images

Tibetan teenage monk dies after self-immolation

The 18-year-old set himself alight during Saturday’s anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.

AN 18-YEAR-OLD MONK has died after settling himself alight in Ngaba, Tibet on the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.

The teenager is at least the 27th Tibetan to die as a result of self-immolation over the past three years.

The London-based organisation Free Tibet says that Chinese authorities “refused to allow the traditional funeral rites to take place” in case they sparked further demonstrations against Chinese rule.

Thousands of Tibetans and their supporters held events around the world to mark the anniversary on Saturday, including the Tibetan community in Ireland which held an event in Dublin city centre.

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