Tibet capital sees first anti-China self-immolations: report
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Two Tibetan monks set themselves on fire outside a Buddhist temple in Lhasa, the first of a series of self-immolation protests against Chinese rule over Tibet to take place in the regional capital, Radio Free Asia reported on Monday.
The broadcaster said the monks were taken away by security forces who quickly cleared the area where the immolations took place on Sunday in front of the Jokhang Temple, a key pilgrimage site and tourist destination in the heart of Lhasa.
The city was "filled with police and paramilitary forces and the situation is very tense" in the wake of the self-immolations, the U.S. government-sponsored broadcaster quoted an unidentified source in Lhasa as saying.
At least 34 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March 2011 in protest against China's six-decade rule over Tibet, according to Tibetan rights groups. At least 24 have died.