Man dies after setting self on fire at New Zealand parliament | Inquirer News

Man dies after setting self on fire at New Zealand parliament

/ 10:35 AM September 22, 2017

WELLINGTON—A man who set himself on fire outside New Zealand’s parliament days ahead of a general election has died of his injuries, police said Friday.

The man turned himself into a human torch outside the Wellington building known as the Beehive on Thursday afternoon, with police saying he later died after being taken to hospital in a critical condition.


Police have not identified the man and say his motivation was unknown, although media reports said he appeared to be staging a one-man protest outside parliament.

Radio New Zealand said witnesses reported seeing the man holding a placard relating to the family court.


Police have described the self-immolation as “highly unusual and extremely unfortunate”.

New Zealand is in the midst of a tightly contested election campaign in which conservative Prime Minister Bill English is battling a challenge from center-left rival Jacinda Ardern.

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