EXCLUSIVE: One More Tibetan in Tibet Sets Self On Fire

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By Tendar Tsering | February 25, 2013 10:13 PM EST

A 27-year-old Tibetan man Monday set himself on fire in Gangsu province of Tibet in protest against the Chinese government.

Tsezung Kyab died a few minutes after he set himself on fire at 1:30 p.m. (local time), a group of Tibetans-in-exile in India, who hail from the same province, told the International Business Times.

Kyab committed self-immolation in front of the Shitsang monastery while a religious festival was going on.

"Chinese police guard at the festival tried to put off the fire on the Tibetan man but local Tibetans stopped the Chinese police from extinguishing the fire from Kyab's body," the Dharmasala, India, based Tibetan  group said.

China blames the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile for inciting the Tibetans to set themselves on fire in protest against the Chinese rule in Tibet.

However, Tibetans-in-exile say the people in Tibet are setting themselves on fire demanding freedom and calling for the return of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama from exile.

In response to the China's blame, Tibetan Home Minister Gyari Dolma last week urged the international community to send an independent fact-finding mission to Tibet to prove the root causes of the ongoing self-immolations.

According to the exile Tibetans, more than 105 Tibetans in Tibet have set themselves on fire since 2009.

China's official Xinhua News agency reported that a Tibetan man, Phyakpa, was sentenced Feb 8 to 13 years in prison for inciting a monk to self-immolate.

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