A Tunisian man who burned himself to death in December to protest against high unemployment, setting off weeks of rioting that led to the ouster of the country's president, has inspired similar suicide protests in Algeria and Egypt.
Egyptians security officials on Monday said a man set himself on fire in an apparent protest outside the parliament building in central Cairo. Policemen guarding the parliament building used fire extinguishers to put out the fire engulfing the man, who was later taken to the hospital.
Bouaziz’s death sparked a popular revolt against widespread joblessness and rising food prices that forced Ben Ali, in power for the past 23 years, to flee the country and seek refuge in Saudi Arabia.
Date created : 2011-01-17