Bulgaria's Latest Self-Immolator Remains in Critical Condition

Society | March 15, 2013, Friday // 12:06
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Latest Self-Immolator Remains in Critical Condition Clothes belonging to the 52-year-old man who set himself on fire. Photo by BGNES

The life of the 52-year-old Bulgarian man who set himself ablaze in downtown Sofia on Wednesday remains in danger, according to medics.

The man is in a very complicated condition, since he inhaled toxic gases during the incident, according to the BGNES news agency.

52-year-old blacksmith Dimitar Dimitrov set himself of fire in front of the Presdential palace in Sofia Wednesday afternoon. Security guards extinguished the flames and he was taken to hospital with 25% burns.

Dimitrov's motives are still unclear. However, the incident follows weeks of massive protests against poverty and corruption in the Balkan country.

Three men passed away over the past month after setting themselves on fire during massive anti-stagnation protests in the Balkan country.

53-year-old Ventsislav Vasilev, who set himself on fire in Radnevo on February 26, having explained he has long lived in great poverty, passed away on March 10.

On March 3, Plamen Goranov, 36, died in Varna, after having set himself on fire on February 20, as an extreme act of political protest. Goranov, who protested against the corrupt authorities in the Black Sea city, became a symbol of the nationwide rallies, with media describing him as "the Bulgarian Jan Palach."

On February 19, 26-year-old Traian Marechkov set himself on fire and died soon after in Veliko Tarnovo, having explained he is too despaired to live on.

President Rosen Plevneliev installed a caretaker Cabinet on Wednesday after last month's resignation of the center-right GERB government that was triggered by the massive protests.

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