Moroccan sets himself ablaze in prosecutor's office

2016-02-12 11:12


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Rabat -A door-to-door salesman set himself on fire on Thursday in a public prosecutor's office in southern Morocco in protest at the judiciary's inaction on a complaint he filed, local media reported.

Mashahid website said the man "filed a complaint against a night watchman who had hit his car, but the court took no action, pushing him to take the action" in the city of Agadir.

Suffering second degree burns, the unnamed man was taken to hospital under police escort, said another Moroccan news website, Lakome 2.

It said he was to be questioned to determine if he should face legal action.

Human rights activist Aziz Salami told AFP late on Thursday that the man was still being treated in an Agadir hospital.

His action mirrored that of young Tunisian fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi who set himself alight in December 2010 and died a month later, sparking a revolution in his country and the 2011 Arab Spring.

In 2013, a door-to-door salesman in Marrakesh, in the centre of Morocco, a county where the World Bank says one in three young Moroccans are jobless, died after setting himself on fire to protest the confiscation of his merchandise.

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