BEIJING -- Three Tibetans died on Wednesday after setting fire to themselves in two Tibetan regions of western China to protest Chinese rule, according to reports on Thursday by Tibet advocacy groups and Radio Free Asia, which is financed by the American government. Two of the dead, monks named Kunchok Woser and Lobsang Dawa, self-immolated near their monastery in Dzoge County in Sichuan Province, according to Free Tibet, an advocacy group based in London. The third person, a 23-year-old woman, set fire to herself in Dzamthang County in Sichuan, according to Radio Free Asia, which did not identify her. The news service said the three acts on Wednesday brought to 119 the number of Tibetans who have self-immolated since February 2009, when a young monk named Tapey set fire to himself in the town of Ngaba. Chinese security forces have flooded towns across the Tibetan plateau in an effort to stamp out the self-immolations.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.