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Man Who Self-Immolated Near Washington Monuments Dies

Law enforcement officers are near the scene on the National Mall in Washington, where, according to a fire official, a man set himself on fire, Oct. 4, 2013.
Law enforcement officers are near the scene on the National Mall in Washington, where, according to a fire official, a man set himself on fire, Oct. 4, 2013.
VOA News
Police in the U.S. capital say a man who set himself on fire Friday on the National Mall has died of his injuries.
 
A Washington police spokesman Araz Alali said the man died Friday night at a local hospital, just hours after witnesses say he doused himself with gasoline and set himself ablaze.
 
It was not immediately known who the man was or what his motive might have been.
 
The incident occurred in the heart of Washington, just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, not far from where police shot and killed a woman Thursday after a high speed car chase.
 
The National Mall is a large open area park filled with grass, walking paths and benches that connects the Capitol with two of Washington's other most prized monuments — the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The Mall is widely popular among joggers, dog walkers and tourists and attracts millions of visitors each year.
 
A jogger who was on the Mall on Friday, Nicole Didyk, told VOA that several men who were passing by the burning man removed their shirts to smother the flames. She said the man thanked the people who helped put out the fire.
 
Police say the man was conscious when they arrived on the scene. He was then transported by helicopter to the hospital.

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by: Dude from: Washington
October 07, 2013 4:23 PM
Protesters aren't really protesters unless they inform folks of what they are protesting. It requires an announcement, which was not made here, and an audience, which was only circumstantial here. It is always harder to ID someone burned beyond recognition as photos and finger prints don't work and any ID they may have been carrying tends to not work so well when turned to ash. Also, you know, license plates. The scariest thing about this is the weird search for conspiracy threads by the commenting readers.

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by: G. Turtle from: In m'shell
October 15, 2013 10:35 AM
The mere fact that we are reading and commenting on this article mandates our acknowledgement that, not only is there an audience, but that we are it.

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by: Cynic
October 09, 2013 6:11 PM
Really? Your argument against him is "It's hard to identify him"? They already have him identified if you bothered to check. Setting yourself ablaze in the national mall seems to have a pretty clear message to me. Maybe it's just the kind of message that you don't want to listen to.


by: seth
October 07, 2013 3:12 AM
The immolation of the monk in Vietnam who burned himself in protest ring any bells?


by: dossos5 from: KCMO
October 06, 2013 6:59 AM
The man is probably suffering from some form of mental illness. Many of these people through dogma and no education are operating on vast mid information governing their lives and thoughts. I feel sorry for them and their fellow duped associates


by: Eric Mcclenon from: Houston,Tx
October 06, 2013 6:46 AM
Some people are willing to sacrifice themselves for the Greater Good!

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by: DBdowner from: Pasco
October 07, 2013 8:01 PM
So the "Greater Good" is accepting burnt human sacrifices these days? Hmmm... Doesn't sound like any "good" I want a part of.


by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
October 05, 2013 11:29 PM
If happens in Tibet that's against suppression, if happens in US it must be terror, right?


by: Whatsthewhat
October 05, 2013 10:48 PM
I find it curious that they have no information on this person and no motive for setting himself on fire. Could it be he was protesting this administration? We knew the complete medical history of the woman who was shot earlier in the week, including the type of medication she was taking. I guess medical information only remains private until someone guns you down.

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by: Arogers from: Houstin, TX
October 06, 2013 7:14 AM
Something is definately up. Why wouldhe set himself on fire then thank people for putting the fire out?

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by: NameWithheld
October 05, 2013 11:40 PM
My thoughts exactly. They were reporting that Kim's name and diagnosis barely two hours after she was shot.


by: Will Jones
October 05, 2013 10:43 PM
Given his reported "crisp military salute" to the flag at the Capitol, he was no doubt a patriot sworn to The Oath terminally discouraged that Our Country is now in the hands of "enemies, domestic" working for the satanic pedophile Talmud/papist Vatican banker Fed Scam Rothschild/Rockefeller Fifth Column of "an engine for enslaving mankind," "the real Anti-Christ" our founder, author, and prophet Th. Jefferson said it is. All know their treasonous faction killed John and Martin, funded Hitler, and committed 9/11 along with the recent spate of MKUltra psyops from Aurora/Batman to the Navy Yard, and likely the woman with the baby, whose car had no damage to the front of it after supposedly "ramming" and "slamming" various obstacles.

May his name be known and honored, as the People cast the Beast into the pit and America's destiny as Isaiah's foretold "Zion" be restored.

All must look to the Creator, our named Sovereign, by covenant and creed, to protect, defend, and again secure, our divine right of Individual Sovereignty: the terminal threat to the Old Sectarian Order's spurious "divine right" of king and pope their bankers seek to restore.

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by: Whatsthewhat
October 06, 2013 2:09 AM
This man gave his life for something he felt very deeply about. Whether you agree with his views or not, your mocking his death is disrespectful.

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