16 Aug 2011

Monk sets himself on fire in protest

11:38 am on 16 August 2011

A Tibetan monk has set himself alight in the Sichuan province of China amid reports of a crackdown on monasteries in the region.

Tsewang Norbu, 29, shouted ''Long live the Dalai Lama'' before setting himself alight.

In March, another monk set light to himself in Aba, about 150km away. The BBC reports the incident sparked weeks of confrontation.

Most Tibetan monks are loyal to the Dalai Lama, their spiritual leader who has lived in exile in India for decades.

Xinhua news agency quoted government officials in Sichuan as confirming that a monk had died.