Italy: second self-immolation in two days, a young Moroccan

29 March, 14:09

(ANSAmed) - Rome, March 29 - A young Moroccan man is in hospital with serious burns to his head and legs after setting himself alight outside a local government building in Verona on Thursday.

It is Italy's second self-immolation in two days after a 58-year-old Italian man involved in a fiscal dispute set himself alight outside the offices of a tax office in Bologna on Wednesday.

The Moroccan, a 27-year-old builder who said he had not been paid for four months, was not thought to be in a life-threatening condition.

On Thursday Attilio Befera, the head of Italy's tax agency the Agenzia delle Entrate, said his organization was "extremely upset" by the Bologna incident, in which the 58-year-old suffered burns on 100% of his body.

Befera also promised that his agency would "follow this situation directly in order not to create further problems".


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