Anti-China Protest: Tibetan Exile Self-Immolates Ahead of President Hu's Visit to India (PHOTOS)

   on March 26 2012 8:42 AM
  • Photo above shows Tibetan monks praying in Gansu Province, China on February 21, 2012
    Photo above shows Tibetan monks praying in Gansu Province, China on February 21, 2012 Reuters
  • Anti-China Protest
    A Tibetan exile runs after setting himself on fire during a protest against the upcoming visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India in New Delhi March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
  • Anti-China Protest
    A Tibetan exile runs after setting himself on fire during a protest against the upcoming visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India in New Delhi March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
  • Anti-China Protest
    Tibetan exiles try to douse the flames from their comrade, Jamphel Yeshi, after he set himself on fire during a protest against the upcoming visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India in New Delhi March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
  • Anti-China Protest
    Jamphel Yeshi, a Tibetan exile, is taken to hospital after he sets himself on fire during a protest against the upcoming visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India in New Delhi March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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    Tibetan Buddhist nun Palden Choetso burns on the street in Daofu, or Tawu in Tibetan, in this still image taken from video shot on November 3, 2011 and released to Reuters on November 22. Reuters TV
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A Tibetan exile set himself on fire in New Delhi, the Indian capital, during a protest against the upcoming visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India.

The Tibetan exile, identified as Jamphel Yeshi, was taken to hospital after his extreme step Monday, but his present condition remains unknown. The incident was the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese control over Tibet.

Hu will be in India on March 29 to attend the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit.

In November 2011, a 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun, Palden Choetso, burned herself to death on the street in Daofu, Tibet, in protest of Chinese occupation.

At least 16 Tibetans are believed to have died after setting themselves on fire in protest since March 2011. Most of them are Buddhist monks in Tibetan parts of Sichuan and Gansu provinces, next to what China calls the Tibet Autonomous Region, according to Reuters.

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has praised them for their courage, but has said he does not encourage self-immolation.

Browse through the slideshow to view the latest pictures of self-immolation by Tibetans.

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