Self-immolation has a long history of being used as a political tool around the world. The act is one of desperation, with incidents in Asia, Eastern Europe, North Africa and the United States.
Some of these images may be disturbing.
The reverend Quang Duc, a 73 year old Buddhist monk, is soaked in petrol before setting fire to himself and burning to death in front of thousands of onlookers at a main highway intersection in Saigon, Vietnam. He had previously announced that he would co
People of what was then Czechoslovakia pay tribute 24 January 1969 at Wenceslas square downtown Prague to Jan Palach, the day before his funeral. Palach, Czech student, burned himself to death in January 1969 to protest the Soviet occupation of his count
An unidentified man (L) tries to save 26 year-old Aaibunissa (R) who carried out a self-immolation along with another relative woman in front of the Hyderabad special terrorist courts in Karachi. The two women, Zaibunissa and Hakimzadi doused themselves
Chung Jae-Sung, a 34-year-old Hyundai Motor Company employee, is engulfed in flames as he self-immolates in the southern port city of Ulsan to protest South Korea's new labour law. Chung is in critical condition with burns on 90 percent of his body, Janua