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Powerful Photos Of Tibetan Vigil For Monk Who Set Himself On Fire

The vigil marks the 100th self-immolation attempt since 2009 to protest the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

Posted on February 15, 2013, at 1:27 p.m. ET

An exiled Tibetan monk killed himself in Nepal in protest by setting himself on fire in front of a Buddhist monument on Wednesday.

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That night the Tibetans-in-exile living in Kathmandu held a candlelight vigil in his memory.

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There have been 100 acts of self-immolation by exiled Tibetan monks since 2009.

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The Dalai Llama does not encourage self-immolation as a form of protest, but conversely does praise the courage of those who do it.

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PRAKASH MATHEMA / Getty Images

China invaded and occupied Tibet and has held the region since 1954.

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