Protester sets himself on fire outside Iranian Embassy in Bangkok
BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - An Iranian man protested in Bangkok by setting himself on fire.
An Iranian man doused himself in petrol and set himself on fire before trying to run into the Iranian Embassy in Bangkok yesterday in a protest against the presidential election in his home country.
Police who rushed to scene in Sukhumvit Soi 49 opposite the embassy found the man, identified as Ari Bayef, 40, still struggling with flames.
Officers, helped by security guards from the embassy and passers-by, were able to douse the flames. But the man suffered burns to his body and was taken to the nearby Camillian Hospital.
Initial police investigations found that the man was seen opposite the embassy holding a placard urging people not to vote, apparently in a drunken state. He then shouted in a foreign language before dousing himself with petrol and setting himself alight with a lighter.
The man then tried to run into the embassy but failed and ran back to the same spot, where police found him in flames.
Iranians voted yesterday in a fiercely contested presidential election, in which the incumbent Hassan Rouhani is being challenged by populist Ebrahim Raisi.