Tibetan Monk Sets Himself on Fire བོད་སྐད།

Activists say a Tibetan monk has set himself on fire in protest during a prayer festival in western China.

A spokesman for the Free Tibet Campaign quoted witnesses as saying they heard shots as police surrounded the burning monk and carried him away. It is not clear whether the monk was shot, or if he is dead or alive.

Witnesses say the monk, along with hundreds of other monks, was refused entry to the main prayer hall at the Kirti Monastery in Ngaba county (called Aba by the Chinese) to observe a traditional prayer festival.

They report the monk, who was in his 20s, carried a Tibetan flag and a picture of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual and political leader.

The monastery was at the center of pro-independence demonstrations last March before Chinese forces cracked down on the protesters.