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Jordan man sets himself ablaze outside PM’s office

Posted by on April 8, 2011 0 Comment

Police and hospital officials in Jordan say a man has set himself on fire outside the prime minister’s office in the country’s first act of self-immolation during unrest engulfing the Middle East.

Similar acts have occurred in other Arab countries to protest government policies.

A doctor at the state al-Bashir Hospital said today that Mohammed Abdul Karim was in critical condition with third-degree burns to his face and much of his body.

A police official said the 45-year-old wanted to draw police sympathy to revoke his criminal record, which included theft and illegally trafficking drugs and light weaponry.

A Jordanian judicial official, meanwhile, says 80 pro- and anti-government activists have been charged with resisting police in a March 25 demonstration that turned violent, leaving one person dead.

All three officials insisted on anonymity because they were not allowed to make press statements. Agencies

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