Egypt News – Egyptian man sets himself on fire, driven by economic woes

Egyptian man sets himself on fire, driven by economic woes

Written by Egypt News   MONDAY, 17 JANUARY 2011

A 49-year-old man set himself on fire Monday on Kasr El Aini Street in downtown Cairo by pouring a container of petrol on himself and lighting a match to his clothes, Abdo Abdel Hameed, a restaurant owner, was driven to attempt suicide after bread coupons from the government were denied to him.

Pedestrians in the area tried to contain the flames, before a cab driver used his vehicles fire extinguisher to successfully put the fire out.

An ambulance arrived on the scene, taking Abdel Hameed to the nearby Kasr El Aini hospital. Preliminary reports reveal that Abdel Hameed did not suffer any serious injuries.

The case mimics the incident that sparked Tunisias riots and subsequent revolution, where a 26-year-old unemployed street vendor set himself on fire when the government confiscated his goods.

His act was in protest to rife unemployment and lack of economic opportunity.

via Egypt News – Egyptian man sets himself on fire, driven by economic woes.

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