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Presidential Office expresses regret over self-immolation incident

Presidential Office expresses regret over self-immolation incident

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) The Presidential Office expressed regret Tuesday over an incident earlier in the day in which a man set fire to himself close to the building, and called for the public to cherish their lives. The incident took place at around 4:40 p.m. when the man, surnamed Huang (?), 37, first doused himself with gasoline and then walked to Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office brandishing a knife. After being rebuked by military police on guard duty, he took out a lighter and ignited himself. He was rushed to the nearby National Taiwan University Hospital with second-degree burns over 80 percent of his body, where he remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit. The Presidential Office said Huang had appealed to the Presidential Office twice, on April 28 and May 4, respectively, in protest over what he said was judicial injustice. He threatened to take his own life at that time. The Presidential Office noted that it would be inappropriate for it to interfere in a judicial case and referred his case to the New Taipei City government. Police said they had helped Huang and his mother to submit a petition to the Presidential Office on April 27 to protest over a District Prosecutors Office decision to not indict a friend of the mother with whom she had a dispute. When the police sent the two to their home in Shulin, New Taipei, they learned that Huang had sought medical assistance for mental problems, but could not confirm whether he is mentally ill. Police said Huang has no criminal record and stressed that the self-immolation "had no political motives." (By Kelven Huang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-24 05:02 GMT+08:00