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Thousands mourn at Jamphel Yeshi's funeral

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A Tibetan exile child wipes tears off her mother's face during a special ceremony for 27-year-old Jamphel Yeshi who burned himself alive as an act of protest against the visit by China's president in New Delhi.

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Tibetan exiles offer prayers near the coffin containing the body of 27-year-old Jamphel Yeshi, wrapped in a Tibetan flag, inside the Tsuglakhang temple, in Dharmsala on March 30.

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A Tibetan exile weeps as the body of Jamphel Yeshi is carried for cremation inside the Tsuglagkhang temple on March 30.

Buddhist monks chanted prayers as thousands of Tibetan exiles gathered in northern India on Friday for the funeral of a man who set himself on fire to protest China's rule of his homeland.

Jamphel Yeshi, 27, a Tibetan man, set himself ablaze on Monday at a protest criticizing China's President Hu Jintao's visit to India. He died in a local hospital from his injuries, the general secretary of the Tibetan Youth Congress said in a statement.

Born in Tibet but living in exile in India, Yeshi was an activist with the youth organization, which seeks independence for the Himalayan region, under Chinese rule for more than six decades.

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Tibetan exiles pray next to the burning funeral pyre of 27-year-old Jamphel Yeshi, who passed away Wednesday morning two days after he immolated himself in New Delhi.

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