I'm not sure if many people have been following this story, but I'd have thought a few years ago that if people were setting themselves on fire and shooting themselves outside Europe's parliaments, it would be front page news. Anyway, here's an interesting, if disturbing, article on this issue from Zerohedge.com, in case anyone's interested.
Two Spaniards Self-Immolate Due To Financial ProblemsFirst it was a German, then an Italian, and now, two months, later, the European self-immolation wave has spread to the country that many expect will be the next one to follow Greece into effective debt default. El Pais reports that an impoverished 57-year-old man who set himself on fire in Málaga Thursday, and subsequently died of his injuries at Carlos Haya hospital. He had third-degree burns on 80 percent of his body and suffered a multi-organ failure. The victim, thought to be of Moroccan origin, had worked in construction for years but was out of a job now, said people who knew him. In the last few months he had been scraping a living with the small change he made guiding cars into parking spaces near the hospital, an illegal practice that is usually overlooked by authorities. The police, who have not yet located his relatives, are not ruling out the possibility of an accident just as the man was lighting up a cigarette. Just two minutes before the event, he bought a pack of cigarettes from a local newsstand whose owner asked him how he was doing.
I dont even have enough money for food, he replied. The man is thought to have been homeless at the present time, and seemed even more depressed than on other occasions, said the stand owner.