Another Tibetan set himself on fire and burned to death on Monday evening, to protest against Chinese rule in Tibet, according to human rights groups.
The 18-year-old male, who was identified just as Dorjee, set himself on fire in Ngaba, Sichuan province, and walked toward a local government office, according to the International Campaign for Tibet.
“Dorjee shouted slogans against the Chinese government’s policies on Tibet,” the rights group said. “It is believed that he died at the scene, and that authorities took away his body.”
He was from the same group of villages as another Tibetan who self-immolated on Sunday and is the 26th one to have done so since February 2009.
“This third self-immolation in as many days underlines that Tibetans will not stop protesting until their calls for freedom are heeded. The international community must take immediate action,” Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said in a statement.
Following the incidents, Chinese authorities have placed more security forces in western Sichuan as well as in the Tibet Autonomous Region ahead of the March 10 anniversary when the Dalai Lama fled the country in 1959.
A middle school-aged girl named Tsering Kyi also set herself on fire in western Gansu province. A local told Radio Free Asia that the Machu Tibetan Nationality Middle School near where she burned herself has been surrounded by Chinese paramilitary forces.
“Officials are conducting ‘reeducation’ activities inside the school. Tibetan family houses in the Machu area are also being searched,” the source said.