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News: Iranian society

Man sets himself on fire outside Tehran mayor’s office

NCRI - A man set himself on fire outside the Tehran municipality on Sunday, August 14, in protest to the authorities' refusal to provide him and his family financial support.

The 40-year-old is in hospital, suffering from burns to the arms, chest and face.

The unnamed man was reported by state media to have two daughters and had been suffering from poverty.

The state-run ISNA news agency reported on Sunday that the man had repeatedly asked the Tehran municipality to provide him a loan but that the mayor's office constantly redirected him from one office to the next.

Finally this morning after failing to receive an answer from the municipality’s public relations office, he self-immolated.

In another shocking incident in Tehran’s Janatabad District on Saturday, August 13, two teenage girls committed suicide by jumping off a building. Both girls, aged 14, died due to the severity of their injuries after jumping off the building in East Payamir Street.

In a separate incident earlier this month in the city of Yasuj, the capital of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province in central Iran, two young university students committed suicide by hanging themselves. The two students were not named, but the regime’s state media gave their ages as 22 and 19 and said they were accounting and mechanics students respectively. State-media reports said they were last seen leaving their homes on August 5 and their bodies were discovered in a nearby village on August 6.

Numerous cases of self-immolation in Iran have drawn special attention in the past year. In all these cases, the self-immolations had an element of protest against the mullahs' regime.

On average, 11 people commit suicide in Iran every day, the equivalent of three in every 100,000 people, the website of the Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reported last December.

On August 9, 2016, Ahmad Hajebi, a top official of the regime’s Health Ministry, said that the average age of suicide in Iran has reached the 15 to 24-year-old range. He was quoted by the state-run ISNA news agency as saying that the majority of people who commit suicide are unemployed.

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