Journalist Sets Himself On Fire Over Harsh Economic Conditions

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A journalist in Tunisia, Abderrazek Zorgui, has died after setting himself ablaze over “harsh social circumstances and a lack of hope.”

His death has sparked clashes in Tunisia between protesters and police for a second night.

Zorgui had posted a video on social media before he died on Monday, saying that he was going to set himself alight due to the difficult social circumstances experienced by him and his family.

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In a statement, Tunisia’s national journalists’ union said Zorgui died after he set himself ablaze “due to harsh social circumstances and a lack of hope.”

The union also condemned “the countries which have contributed to making the field of journalism a hot-bed for corruption” and added that it would be announcing a series of protests in the coming days.

After Zorgui’s death, CNN reports that demonstrators clashed with police on the streets of Kasserine in western-central Tunisia.

Police used tear gas to disperse protesters whom it accused of burning tires, blocking several roads and throwing rocks, state news agency TAP reported.

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