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Copy-cat self-immolation in Africa Add to ...

1) Tunisia: Last month a Tunisian university graduate set himself on fire after his fruit and vegetables stand was confiscated by police because it had no permit. His death has touched a nerve with educated, unemployed people in the region.

2) Egypt: A small restaurant owner, 48, set himself on fire outside the parliament building in central Cairo on Monday. He was reportedly angry about a government policy preventing him from buying cheap subsidized bread to resell to patrons. He escaped with only light burns after policemen put out the blaze.

3) Algeria: A man suffering a chronic illness set himself on fire Monday in Ghardaia in a dispute over medical costs. Passersby in Mascara, meanwhile, stopped a fishmonger who had poured gasoline on himself and tried to set himself alight. That raised to seven the number of reported cases in seven Algerian towns since Saturday.

4) Mauritania: A man, 43, reportedly unhappy with the government torched himself in his car outside an official building in the capital, Nouakchott.

Associated Press, Reuters

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