Tibetan herdsman dies after self-immolation

Tibetan herdsman dies after self-immolation

Tibetan herdsman dies after self-immolation

Updated 24 November 2012, 15:48 AEDT

A Tibetan villager has died after setting himself on fire, Chinese state media said on Saturday - the latest death in a wave of protests against Beijing's rule.

China's official Xinhua news agency said that the herdsman set himself on fire late on Friday in the north west province of Qinghai.

It quoted local authorities as saying that the 26-year-old, identified as Dazheng, set himself ablaze in the village of Dageri in Zekog County.

Xinhua earlier reported that another Tibetan died on Thursday, also in Qinghai.

It identified the man as Libong Tsering, 19, who died in the Dowa township of Tongren county.

Many Tibetans in China accuse the government of religious repression and eroding their culture, as the country's majority Han ethnic group increasingly moves into historically Tibetan areas.

China rejects this, saying Tibetans enjoy religious freedom.

Beijing points to huge ongoing investment it says has brought modernisation and a better standard of living to Tibet.

The Tibetan government-in-exile said earlier this month that 76 people had set themselves on fire since 2009, of whom 62 have died.

The figures do not include the latest four fatalities reported by Chinese state media.

AFP