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Three men set themselves alight near Tiananmen Square

Latest update : 2009-02-25

Three men set themselves on fire while sitting in their car near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China's official press agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. The circumstances of their dramatic act remain unclear.

AFP - Three men set themselves on fire near Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Wednesday, China's official Xinhua news agency said.

The three sat in a vehicle and started the fire at 3:00 pm (0700 GMT) at an intersection in a busy shopping area, Xinhua said, citing a Beijing government spokesman.

The intersection of Changan Avenue and the Wangfujing shopping street is about one kilometre (0.6 miles) from Tiananmen Square, the scene of pro-democracy protests in 1989 that the Chinese military crushed with deadly force.

Changan Avenue is the capital's main road, running east to west past Tiananmen Square.

However there was no indication as to why the men set themselves on fire, or whether it was a political demonstration.

Xinhua said it was not known if the men were alive.

The media offices of the Beijing government and police departments had no immediate comment when contacted by AFP.
 

Date created : 2009-02-25

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