Aged man tries to immolate himself at scene Taiwan student protest

Some protesters from DPP's "siege" rally gathered at the entrance of Zhongshan Bridge near the Grand Hotel on Nov. 6, facing off with the police.

Some protesters from DPP's "siege" rally gathered at the entrance of Zhongshan Bridge near the Grand Hotel on Nov. 6, facing off with the police.

Students dispersed by the Executive Yuan gathered at Liberty Square to stage the sit-in on Oct. 7. (file photo) A 79-year-old man set himself on fire

Students dispersed by the Executive Yuan gathered at Liberty Square to stage the sit-in on Oct. 7. (file photo) A 79-year-old man set himself on fire

One person takes a poster with "no legal Parade and Assembly Law, no human rights" and joins the students to protest.

One person takes a poster with "no legal Parade and Assembly Law, no human rights" and joins the students to protest.

National Taiwan University students protested the policemen inadequately enforced the law during ARATS Chairman's visit and asked the government to ap

National Taiwan University students protested the policemen inadequately enforced the law during ARATS Chairman's visit and asked the government to ap

A 79-year-old man was fighting for his life Tuesday after trying to immolate himself near the student protesters at Taipei’s Liberty Square.
The man, surnamed Liu, was covered in an inflammable substance and set himself on fire, but bystanders and police rushed to douse the flames. Police later said the liquid might have been gasoline or diesel oil.
Liu was taken by ambulance to nearby National Taiwan University Hospital where he was listed in critical condition with burns over 80 percent of his body, doctors said.
He left behind a letter critical of the government, police said. In the letter, Liu said he joined the ruling Kuomintang in 1950, but expressed dissatisfaction at police action against people carrying the Republic of China flag during the visit of Chinese top negotiator Chen Yunlin last week.
Students said they would be vigilant and try to dissuade visitors from taking extreme action.
The students have been sitting under the gate of Liberty Square since Friday in a campaign to demand changes to the Parade and Assembly Law. They say protesters should not first have to apply to police for permission to hold a protest.
The students also want government leaders to apologize and top security officials to resign over what they allege was the brutal treatment of anti-Chinese protesters last week.