CAIRO: A 56-year-old street vendor died Wednesday after self-immolating reportedly due to insurmountable debt, Belbeis Public Hospital of Sharqia governorate, Southern Nile Delta of Egypt, announced in a statement.
Licorice juice vendor, Sayed A., was admitted to intensive care Tuesday with 3rd degree burns over more than 70 percent of his body.
The initial investigations revealed that Sayed was suffering a financial crisis as he could not earn money due his illness to meet his family’s basic needs.
In October 2013, a newspaper vendor set himself on fire in the governorate of Ismailia, in objection to district officials taking away part of his bookstall.
The Tunisian Revolution that toppled regime of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was broke out after street Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, protesting confiscation of his vegetable cart by municipal workers who humiliated him.