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Fourth self-immolation death in Algeria since mid-January

image Douéra Hospital, Algiers

ALGIERS - An unemployed man of 36 who had set himself on fire in the town of El Oued, in the far east of Algeria, near the border with Tunisia, died Friday from his burns, we learned from his family.

  •    Lotfi Maamir, father of six children, died in the service of the burns in the hospital of Douera, a suburb southeast of Algiers, the source said.
  •    He had been admitted after he doused himself with gasoline he ignited Jan. 17 in the Headquarters of the People's Departmental Assembly (APW, departmental assembly), where he had come to claim a job and housing.
  •    This is the fourth self-immolation deaths recorded in Algeria since mid-January.
  •    At least eight other suicide attempts by the fire were also recorded in this country since the outbreak in January of a movement of social discontent that triggered riots in the wake of the revolution in Tunisia.
  •    These attempts immolation occurred after a return to calm in Algeria, shaken from January 6 to 9 by riots against the high cost of living, riots that left five people dead and over 800 wounded.
  •    The move was partly motivated by soaring prices of essential commodities, including oil and sugar.
  •    A demonstration demanding "the departure of the system" to be held Saturday in Algiers following the call of the National Coordination for Democracy and Change (CNDC), grouping of opposition parties, independent trade unions and representatives of civil society.
  •    Born January 21 in the wake of the riots, this coordination wants to "change the system" to the "political vacuum" that threatens the bursting of the Algerian society.
  •    Significant police reinforcements were deployed Friday in central Algiers on the eve of the march, banned by the authorities.
  • Ennaharonline/ M. O.

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