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[3 November] A second nun has died after setting herself alight in protest against the Chinese government's continued repression of religious and human rights in Tibet. Palden Choesang, 35, a nun from Gaden Choeling nunnery in Tawu county, Kardze, eastern Tibet (Sichuan province), self-immolated at 12.40pm local time on 3 November.

Palden ChoesangDuring the protest, which took place near the Namgyal stupa in Tawu, Palden shouted slogans including ''Freedom in Tibet'', ''Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama'' and ''Let the Dalai Lama return to Tibet''. Palden suffered severe burns and died shortly after her protest. Her body was taken to nearby Nyitso monastery.

Palden is the second nun to have self-immolated this year and the 11th Tibetan. Tenzin Wangmo, from Dechen Choekorling nunnery in Ngaba, died following her protest on 17 October. Palden's protest is the also second to take place in Tawu; the first of which was on 15 August by Tsewang Norbu, from Nyitso monastery, who also subsequently died.

Reports indicate that since Palden's protest Chinese police have surrounded Nyitso monastery and are demanding her body is handed over.

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