ethiopiantimes

April 26, 2012

Ethiopia: Man sets himself on fire in Addis Ababa

April 25 (ESAT News)–A man sets himself alight yesterday in central Addis Ababa. Eye-witnesses said that the man in his early 30s doused himself with petrol and burned himself at around 5 pm local time in front of the famous statue of Emperor Menelik.

Some people who were around the shocking incident tried to put off the flame that quickly engulfed the man causing severe burns. The man reportedly refused help and cried his desire to die than living under unacceptable conditions, it was learned.

The eye-witnesses said that the man was severely burned above his waist including his hair which was seared and fell off his skull.

A man sets himself alight yesterday in central Addis Ababa. Eye-witnesses said that the man in his early 30s doused himself with petrol at around 5 pm local time in front of the statue of Emperor Menelik.

Some people who were around the shocking incident tried to put of the fire that quickly engulfed the man causing severe burns. The man reportedly refused help and cried his desire to die than living under unacceptable conditions, it was learned.

The eye-witnesses said that the man was severely burned above his waist including his hair that was seared and fell off his skull.

One of ESAT’s reporter that arrived at the scene after half an hour saw the victim’s jacket on the asphalt and a checkered shirt that was also badly burnt. The man was taken to undisclosed an location by the police that were patrolling the area.

The eye-witnesses also told ESAT that the man had come to the spot he chose for the self-sacrifice by taxi. The man talked loudly to air his grievance.

The police quickly arrived at the scene and dispersed the crowd. Some of the onlookers were briefly detained and were track-record. But the police quickly dispersed the crowd and took the man by a police patrol car. A few of the witnesses who took pictures with their mobile phones were briefly detained but were released after police deleted the pictures.

The police quickly arrived at the scene and dispersed the crowd. Some of the witnesses who recorded the incident with their mobile phone were briefly detained. But the police quickly dispersed the crowd and took the man by a police patrol car.

A few of the witnesses who took pictures with their mobile phones were briefly detained but were released after police deleted the pictures. The self-immolation of Yenesew Gebre was the first known to happened in Ethiopia in protest against oppression and lack of injustice in the country.

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