2011-01-24 Self-immolation "infection" spreads to Syria

Arabic news portal Soparo.com reports today under the headline "Bouazizi infection in the province of Al-Hasakah, Syria" that a 25-year-old man named only as "Hassan" attempted to burn himself to death, following the example set by Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia last December. The report further cites sources claiming that the man was "mentally ill," but also that the attempt was a protest against unemployment and living conditions in the province of Al-Hasakah. The man remains in critical condition in the hospital under security.

Previously on WL Central:

2011-01-19 Self-immolation protest spreads to Yemen
2011-01-19 Unrest in Arab States
2011-01-18 Man dies in Alexandria from self-immolation wounds
2011-01-17 Egyptian man sets himself on fire
2011-01-17 Mauritanian man sets himself on fire
2011-01-16 Early reports of unrest in Libya
2011-01-16 Protests in Egypt

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