A 27-year-old, Moroccan man working as a builder set himself alight in the middle of the street in the city of Verona, Italy.
According to witness’ he shouted that he had not been paid for four months, before dousing himself in petrol and setting himself on fire outside a local government building. He is said to be in hospital with severe burns to his head and legs, but in a stable condition.
This follows shortly after a 58-year-old Italian man tried to burn himself alive in his car outside a former tax office in Bologna. He reportedly wrote suicide notes to friends, his wife and the tax agency before the attempt.
It is reported the man, whose name was given as Guiseppe C, had been due to stand trial for 104,000 euros in unpaid taxes and fines dating back to 2007.