In China, Self-Immolations Continue as Party Congress Opens

As China launched its 18th Communist Party congress on Thursday, a record number of Tibetans immolated themselves in a stark illustration of the internal tensions facing the country's new leadership.

Over a 48-hour period, at least five Tibetans were reported to have set themselves on fire in western China. Most of them were teenagers.

As many as 6,000 people demonstrated against the government Thursday afternoon in Tongren, a monastery town in Qinghai province, after two self-immolations — a 23-year-old woman on Wednesday and a young former monk on Thursday, exile groups reported.

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