Tibetan protester who self-immolated in Nepal dies
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) – A Tibetan man who set himself on fire in Nepal’s capital in the latest in a string of self-immolations protesting China’s rule over Tibet has died at a hospital, police said Thursday.
The man died Wednesday night, hours after he self-immolated, police spokesman Keshav Adhikari said.
Police are still trying to identify the man, who appeared to be about 21 years old, and no one has claimed the body yet, he said.
The man doused himself with gasoline, set himself ablaze and chanted anti-China slogans as he ran down a street near the Boudhanath stupa in the northeastern outskirts of Katmandu.
The dramatic protest marked the 101st time since 2009 that a Tibetan monk, nun or layperson set themselves on fire, according to officials from the Tibetan exile government, based in India.
The protesters are calling for Beijing to allow greater religious freedom and the return from exile of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who lives in India.