TRUCK DRIVER SETS HIMSELF ON FIRE OUTSIDE PRESIDENT'S PALACE AFTER LOSING HIS JOBBy KELLYCHI 03:14 Sat, 20 Oct 2012 Comments
A man who had lost his job and feared he
could no longer support his family doused
himself in alcohol and set himself on fire in
front of the presidential palace in Italy on
55-year-old Romanian severely burned his legs
and torso, but does not have life-threatening
injuries, police said.
A police officer burned his hand trying to put
out the flames in the incident in Rome outside
the 16thcentury palace, which serves as
residence and office for Italy's head of state,
The Romanian, who lives in the northwest Italian
region of Piedmont, had recently lost his jobas
a truck driver and was struggling to take care
of his wife and baby girl, Italian media
The country's year-long recession has been
worsened by tax rises and pension cuts
introduced by Mario Monti's government to try
to help rein in the massive public debt.
Unemployment is at its highest level since
monthly records began in 2004.
A wave of highly publicized suicides linked to
financial woes this year has highlighted the
human cost of the crisis.
In August, a man set himself on fire in front of
the Italian parliament after battling
unemployment, and died a week later.
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