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HORRIFIC Tibetan Man Sets Himself on Fire Ashwini Bhatia / AP Photo

Tibetan Man Sets Himself on Fire

Tsewang Kyab, 23, became the fifth Tibetan in a week to die of self-immolation when he set himself on fire Friday evening. Occurring on the main street of Amuquhu, in the county of Xiah, Kyab’s suicide was a public protest against the heavy-handed Chinese rule that has led many other ethnic Tibetans to do the same. Police are reportedly offering up to $7,700 for anyone who can provide information about the planned self-immolations before they happen. The demonstrations are coming at a pivotal time, when China’s Communist Party is gearing up for a major power transfer in less than two weeks.

October 27, 2012 8:08 AM