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Algerian father of four sets himself on fire to protest government

Arab World Materials 18 January 2011 03:52
In the third act of self-immolation on Monday throughout the Arab world, an Algerian father of four set himself ablaze on Monday after failing to meet with the governor of his rural province, dpa reported.
Algerian father of four sets himself on fire to protest government

In the third act of self-immolation on Monday throughout the Arab world, an Algerian father of four set himself ablaze on Monday after failing to meet with the governor of his rural province, dpa reported.

Local sources told the German Press Agency dpa that the man, Mamier Lotfi, 36, was living in poor conditions with little income.

He had tried to meet with the governor several times, along with a group of other residents, to discuss jobs and housing, according to sources.

After several failed attempts to meet the governor, the man poured gasoline on himself in front of the town hall of the mining town of Boukhadra, located about 600 kilometres southeast of the capital.

Last week, reports emerged that three men set themselves on fire in separate parts of Algeria on different days in uncoordinated incidents.

Over the past several weeks, riots have sprouted in Algiers and rural towns with people protesting a rise in the costs of basic food items.

In what seems to be copycat pattern of self-immolation to protest inflation and a lack of freedoms throughout the Arab world, two other men set themselves on fire on Monday in Egypt and Maurtania.

The self-immolation acts come one month after Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest high unemployment, which triggered widespread unrest in Tunisia, leading to the ouster of president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali last week.

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