BEIJING – Activists say a Tibetan woman has died after becoming the latest of dozens to set herself on fire to protest Chinese rule.
The Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet says Chagmo Kyi, a taxi driver with two children, self-immolated Saturday afternoon in a square in Tongren county in western China's Qinghai province.
The group says it was the eighth self-immolation in the Tongren area since Nov. 4 and the 75th in ethnically Tibetan areas since February 2009.
According to the group, hundreds of Tibetans were surrounded by troops as they attended the woman's cremation at a site where monks and lamas are usually cremated.
Authorities in the area either refused to comment or said they hadn't heard about the self-immolation. Calls to Tongren police rang unanswered.