Man sets himself ablaze in China

Tibetan rights groups say police in China’s Sichuan province broke up protests and surrounded a monastery after a Tibetan monk set himself on fire and died Wednesday.

The International Campaign for Tibet says police beat the 21-year-old monk after he set himself on fire near the Kirti monastery in Ngaba.

The rights groups said hundreds of monks and civilians launched protests near the monastery. They say police surrounded the site and patrolled nearby streets.

Chinese authorities have not commented.

March marks the third anniversary of violent protests against Chinese rule in Tibet.

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