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