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State Media: Protesters in China Immolation Incident From Xinjiang


Chinese state media say a couple who set themselves on fire in the Chinese capital late last month were from the remote Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang.

The Xinhua news agency says the couple started the fire in a car near Beijing's politically sensitive Tiananmen Square in protest over a property dispute. Their son was also with them when they set themselves ablaze.

The couple was badly injured and treated at a hospital in Beijing that specializes in burn injuries.

An official from Xinjiang tells Xinhua the couple was involved in a land dispute with their local government over the demolition of their home. Their home was torn down to make way for the construction of a school.

The local official said the family had been compensated in line with regulations, but added that their demands were too much.

Xinhua says the family also demanded the local government give them an open apology and provide them with decent jobs.

The incident occurred at an intersection in a busy shopping area not far from Tiananmen Square, the scene of pro-democracy protests that the Chinese military crushed in 1989 with deadly force.

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