CAIRO — An Egyptian
man set himself on fire Monday outside the country's parliament,
security officials said, in an apparent protest emulating the
self-immolation of an unemployed Tunisian man last month that helped
trigger a popular uprising.
Egyptian security officials said
policemen guarding the parliament building in central Cairo used fire
extinguishers to quickly put out the blaze engulfing the man, who was
later taken to the hospital with burns mostly to his face.
officials identified the man as Abdou Abdel-Hamid, a small restaurant
owner from Qantara, an area close to the Suez Canal city of Ismailia
east of Cairo. They said Abdel-Hamid was protesting a government policy
preventing restaurant owners from buying cheap subsidized bread to
resell to their patrons.