TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – A 65-year-old man died after setting himself on fire in central Markazi province when a court ruled against him in a dispute with his employer.
YJC.ir, a news website affiliated with Iranian state TV, reports that the man set himself on fire in front of a work and welfare building in the city of Arak, 230 kilometers (about 140 miles) to southwest of the capital of Tehran.
Earlier inside the building, a court issued a verdict against him.
The report says he died after self-immolating.
For many in the Middle East, the act of self-immolation – the protest used by a greengrocer named Mohammed Bouazizi in Tunisia that became a catalyst for the 2011 Arab Spring riots – evokes wider discontent over economic problems and the lack of opportunities.
In early October, a 38-year-old man, Ruhollah Parazideh, the son of a war hero and father of four, set himself on fire for his unemployment and died in hospital after two days of hospitalization due to severe damage. . It led to the firing of two local officials from the Shahid Foundation which deals with the affairs of the families of war victims.