Self-immolations in three countries

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CAIRO (AP) - Protesters have set themselves on fire in Egypt, Algeria and Mauritania.

They're apparently copying the act that helped trigger a popular uprising in the North African country of Tunisia.

There are concerns the practice could become a trend among activists seeking to force changes in the region.

Egyptian officials say the man who ignited himself outside the parliament building in Cairo was taken to a hospital with light burns. They say he's the owner of a small restaurant, and was protesting a policy that keeps restaurants from buying cheap subsidized bread to resell to their patrons.

A Mauritanian man who's reportedly unhappy with the government also is hospitalized after setting himself on fire today.

Algeria has reported cases of self-immolation in seven towns since Saturday, two of them today.
(COPYRIGHT 2011 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)


KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 113893619 - nbc11news.com/a?a=113893619