China arrests dozens in bid to crack down on Tibet self-immolation protests
London, Feb 8 : Chinese authorities have arrested at least 12 people as a part of crack down on the gruesome spectacle of people setting themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule
A security official in Qinghai said police had taken action against more than 50 people since November 2012.
Six Tibetans were jailed in Gansu province last week on similar charges, the BBC reports.
Nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009, many fatally, in apparent protest at Chinese rule.
China has accused the exiled Dalai Lama and foreign media of encouraging the protests.
Most of the self-immolations have taken place in ethnic Tibetan areas outside Tibet.
Many have involved Buddhist monks or nuns calling, Tibetan activist groups say, for greater religious freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama.