Tibetan Man Sets Himself on Fire

    Tibetan exiles participate in a candlelit vigil in Dharmsala, India, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. A Tibetan man Dhondup, who is believed to have died after self-immolating Monday at the remote Labrang Monastery in China's northwestern Gansu province. Dozens of Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March 2011 in ethnic Tibetan areas of China in protest over what activists say is Beijing's heavy-handed rule in the region (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

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    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.

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