Tibetans Self-Immolate to Protest Chinese Rule

Five Tibetans set themselves on fire on the eve of the start of China's national party congress


Five Tibetans including three teenage monks and a young mother have set themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule over the Himalayan region, according to Tibetan rights groups. At least two of them have died.

The five self-immolations – the most ever recorded by Tibetans in one day – came a day before Thursday's start of a week-long Communist party congress in Beijing that will usher in China's new political leadership.