October 23, 2011 |
Shopkeepers peer out from storefronts festooned with traditional Tibetan prayer flags at platoons of armed police, some carrying an unusual addition to their riot regalia: fire extinguishers. A string of self-immolations by young Buddhist monks in Sichuan province is unnerving the Chinese government and giving a new, more radical momentum to the Tibetan protest movement. On Monday, the ninth young Tibetan — and the first woman — killed herself in the small town of Aba by self-immolation in a protest against Chinese rule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2007 |
Long Beach authorities on Friday recommended that arson charges be filed against a man who doused himself with gasoline and then set himself afire in Long Beach City Hall a day earlier. Nancy Pratt, spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department, said the city's police-and-fire arson unit was expected to present charges of attempted arson and arson with great bodily injury to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office next week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2007 |
A 50-year-old Fountain Valley man walked into Long Beach City Hall on Thursday afternoon and set himself on fire, authorities said, prompting an evacuation of hundreds of workers from the downtown high-rise. The man was hospitalized in critical condition. A large white shopping bag containing a box-shaped item -- initially thought to have been dropped by the man -- was discovered near the scene, briefly prompting a bomb scare.
December 28, 2006 |
The church was full so he did it outside, just after communion. Had a can of gasoline under his coat, drenched himself and went alight. The janitor saw a flash and yelled for help. The flaming man stumbled to the ground as worshipers rushed past and a nun knelt beside him, praying and touching a sliver of his unburned skin. Someone said he whispered, "Is Jesus here?" The Rev. Roland Weisselberg died the next day.
November 16, 2004 |
A Falls Church, Va., man who worked as a federal informant on terrorism set himself on fire in front of the White House on Monday, hours after announcing his suicide attempt and citing his growing despondency over how the FBI managed his case. Mohamed Alanssi, 52, approached the northwest guardhouse on Pennsylvania Avenue about 2:05 p.m. EST and asked the security detail to deliver a note to President Bush.
November 9, 2003 |
It's a troubling trend in a country with a fiery past: young, despondent Czechs committing suicide by setting themselves ablaze. According to Czech media, five have died and 11 others attempted suicide but survived. The wave of burnings has revived painful memories of two students whose death by self-immolation in 1969 came to symbolize resistance to the communist regime of the time.