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Tibetan self-immolates to protest Chinese rule, 2nd this week.

HONG KONG, Feb. 15 Kyodo

Another Tibetan self-immolated and died this week in northern China's Gansu Province protesting China's repressive policies in Tibetan areas, a Tibetan news portal and the government-in-exile said Friday.

Drukpa Khar, 26, a native of Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu, set himself on fire on Wednesday, the India-based Tibet Express said.

He is survived by his parents, a wife and three children, the Central Tibetan Administration said on its website.

Another Tibetan man self-immolated in Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Wednesday. He succumbed to his injuries later that day.

With Drukpa Khar's self-immolation, the number of known Tibetans who have self-immolated in China has reached 101. They were protesting China's rule of a Tibetan-inhabited region spanning five provinces, including the Tibet Autonomous Region, and demanding freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader.

The Tibetan government-in-exile, based in India, has repeatedly appealed to Tibetans not to self-immolate.

China denies repressive policies in Tibet and insists it is bringing prosperity to the remote region even as it vilifies the Dalai Lama as a separatist and derides his quest for autonomy for Tibetans.
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Date:Feb 19, 2013
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