BEIJING – In an April 25 story about self-immolations in Tibetan areas of China, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a woman in Rangtang county was among three Tibetans who set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule, based on a report by Radio Free Asia. Radio Free Asia later retracted their report.
A corrected version of the story is below:
2 Tibetans self-immolate to protest Chinese rule
2 Tibetan monks set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule
BEIJING (AP) — Two Tibetan monks have died after setting themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule in a western region where authorities have imposed a heavy security presence, exiled Buddhist monks and an advocacy group said Thursday.
More than 100 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2011 to protest Chinese policies in the region and call for the return of their beloved spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, from exile.
The two monks in the latest protests were from a monastery in Ruo'ergai county of Aba prefecture, according to exiled monks and the Free Tibet group. The two, aged 20 and 23, set themselves on fire in a corner of an assembly hall of the Taktsang Lhamo Kirti monastery, wrote Losang Yeshe and Kanyag Tsering, monks living in exile in Dharmsala, India.
U.S. broadcaster Radio Free Asia initially reported a third person died after self-immolating Wednesday in a nearby county, but it later retracted the report.
Police and propaganda officials from the area either did not answer phone calls or said they were unaware of the self-immolations.