TRUCK DRIVER SETS HIMSELF ON FIRE OUTSIDE PRESIDENT'S PALACE AFTER LOSING HIS JOB

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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

Thursday.


The

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,

Giorgio Napolitano.

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

reported.

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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