BEIJING (October 27, 2012)--Two Tibetan cousins set themselves on fire in their village to protest Chinese rule, bringing the total number of self-immolations this week to seven, the highest since the protests began last year, the London-based group Free Tibet said Saturday.
The group said the cousins Tsepo, 20, and Tenzin, 25, called for independence for Tibet as they set fire to themselves Thursday in front of a government building in their village in Biru county north of Lhasa, Tibet's main city.
The group said Tsepo reportedly died and Tenzin's condition was unknown after authorities took him away.
About 60 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since early 2011.
The protests have intensified as Beijing nears a once-a-decade power transfer in early November.