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Tibetan sets himself on fire at anti-China protest in Delhi
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A Tibetan protester lit himself on fire at a demonstration on Monday in
the Indian capital ahead of a visit by China's President.
protester was engulfed in flames as he ran near the speakers at the
rally near the Indian Parliament. Fellow activists beat out the flames
with Tibetan flags they were carrying, while others poured water on him.
The protester, identified as Jampa Yeshi, was being treated for severe burns at a New Delhi hospital, a Tibetan organiser said.
Chinese President Hu Jintao is expected to arrive in India later this week for a summit meeting.
than 600 protesters, carrying banners and posters marched across New
Delhi to a central plaza near the Indian Parliament to hold a protest
the visit. Some carried posters saying "Tibet is burning" and "Tibet is
not part of China".
At the protest venue a big poster with Hu's face with a bloody palm print on it said: "Hu Jin Tao is unwelcome" at the summit.
least 30 people in Tibetan areas of China have set themselves on fire
over the past year to protest Beijing's rule over their homeland. The
Dalai Lama has blamed China's "ruthless policy" for the
self-immolations, while China accuses the Dalai Lama of stirring up
China says Tibet has always been part of its territory.
Tibetans say the Himalayan region was virtually independent for
Monday's was the second self-immolation in India in
recent months. Last year, a young Tibetan exile set himself on fire
outside the Chinese embassy. That man suffered minor burns.
speakers addressed the crowd on Monday, Yeshi set himself ablaze and ran
across the venue. He ran nearly 50 yards (50 meters) before he
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