Tibetan Nun Sets Self on Fire, Marking 11th Incident

She reportedly called for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2011 9:11 AM CDT
Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns participate in a sit-in solidarity rally against China's rule on Tibet, in New Delhi on October 18, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The number of self-immolations to occur among Tibetans in recent months can no longer be counted on two hands: A Tibetan nun died today after setting herself ablaze. It's the 11th such incident to occur in southwest China since March, and the second by a nun; the AFP reports that at least seven have died. "We heard she called for religious freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet," says a rep for International Campaign for Tibet of the woman, who was in her mid-30s.

The latest death comes just days after the Dalai Lama pointed a finger at China and its "wrong policy, ruthless policy, illogical policy" as the "real causes" of the deaths, notes the AP.

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