Fourth self-immolation case reported in Bulgaria

  • For the fourth time over the past month, a Bulgarian has set fire to himself as protests over austerity measures escalate.

    On Wednesday, a 52-year-old man poured petrol over himself outside the presidential palace in Sofia.

    Security guards managed to extinguish the flames and the man, named as Dimitar Dimitrov, was taken to hospital with severe burns.

    The incident follows weeks of demonstrations against poverty, high fuel bills and corruption.

    The protests led to the ousting last month of the center-right government led by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

    A caretaker administration headed by diplomat Marin Raikov is running the country before elections are held in May.

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