Chinese armed police were mobilized Thursday to suppress protesters calling for freedom in Tibet after the latest self-immolation in eastern Tibet, according to reports.
The protests started after 18-year-old Jinpa set himself on fire earlier today. Jinpa died as a result of his injuries. He is the fourth teenager and fifth Tibetan to self-immolate in 48 hours.
The Free Tibet website said it is extremely concerned for thousands of protesters in the region, adding that trucks full of paramilitary police are in the area to prevent more people joining the protests.
Locals fear that there will be clashes between the security forces and locals traveling to join the protest, according to Free Tibet.
The protests come one day after Chinese military telecasts were broadcast throughout Tibet, warning that Chinese forces are ready to do what ever it takes to crush those who are destroying stability in the region.
More than 60 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest against the Chinese occupation of their country.