20 February 2013
BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific
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According to the Hong Kong Information Center for Human Rights & Democracy (20 February), a Hong Kong-based fax service which reports on dissidence, a Tibetan was reported dead after self-immolation on 17 February in Renmin West Street, Gansu Province's Xiahe County. He is the fifth death from self-immolation in Gansu since early this year. It has also been learned that Xi Jinping's inspection tour of Gansu from 2 to 5 February was not for "poverty alleviation" purposes as the official media reported but for "making arrangements to maintain stability" in Tibetan areas of Gansu. Since Xi left the province, the Gansu authorities have arrested over 100 Tibetans - who may be prosecuted for "inciting subversion of state power" - and more mobile armed police forces have been transferred to Gansu.