Truly Disturbing Headline: TIbetan protester sets himself on fire in demonstration

 

A Tibetan protester has been treated for severe burns after setting himself on fire in a demonstration before the Chinese president’s visit to India.

 

Jamphel Yeshi carried out the self-immolation as he ran near the speakers at a rally near the Indian Parliament in the country’s capital.

The Tibetan sustained burns on 98 per cent of his body and his condition in hospital was described as critical today.

He was on fire perhaps less than two minutes, but some of his clothing had disintegrated and his skin was mottled with black, burned patches by the time he was driven to a hospital.

Yeshi, 27, escaped from Tibet in 2006 and had been living in New Delhi for the past two years, activists said.

He collapsed after around 50m as fellow protesters beat out the flames with Tibetan flags they were carrying.

Yeshi was later treated for severe burns at a New Delhi hopital, one Tibetan organiser said.

He made the dramatic protest as Chinese President Hu Jintao prepared to arrive in India later this week for a summit meeting.

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