4 Tibetans set selves on fire in protest

BEIJING — Four more ethnic Tibetans have self-immolated to protest Chinese rule and at least 20 were hospitalized after clashing with police in a protest over a government booklet calling the Tibetan language irrelevant, a report and exile groups said today.

More than 80 Tibetans in China have set themselves on fire since 2009 in protest against what overseas supporters say is China’s strict control over Tibet’s Buddhist culture and a suffocating security presence in Tibetan regions.

Four more self-immolations were reported Sunday and Monday in Gansu, Sichuan and Qinghai provinces.

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