SELF-IMMOLATION THE NORM IN ALGIERS?: Self-immolation has become a disturbingly frequent means of protest in Algiers with one protestor setting himself a blaze over a licence dispute with a policeman.
ALGIERS, Algeria - A man in Algiers has died after setting
himself ablaze to protest against a policeman confiscating his driving licence.
The 36-year-old, named only by his initials AA, suffered third-degree burns
when he was admitted to hospital in the city of Oran, 360km west of Algiers. He
died the following day.
The man doused himself with fuel and set himself on fire to express his anger over
having his licence taken away due to dangerous driving, the El Watan newspaper reported.
Self-immolations have become frequent in Algeria since January 2011 and have
claimed five lives and left more than 800 people injured.
One such case in neighbouring Tunisia in 2011, sparked an uprising which toppled
president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali who had been in power for 23 years.