A man set himself on fire and died in Sichuan province after the first self-immolation protest among Tibetans this year, monitoring groups reported yesterday.
Tsekho Tugchak, in his 40s, died in Ngaba county on Wednesday amid intensified security in the restive region ahead of the anniversary of a 2008 anti-China riot and a 1959 independence uprising, the International Campaign for Tibet said.
His death was the 153rd self-immolation by a Tibetan since the protests began in 2009, the ICT said.
The Free Tibet Campaign and US-backed Radio Free Asia also reported the death, saying it took place in Ngaba's Meruma township.
Self-immolations by Tibetans monks, nuns and laypeople aim to highlight harsh Chinese rule and the oppression of Tibet's Buddhist culture as well as to appeal for the return of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.