Amman: Police and hospital
officials in Jordan say a man has set himself on fire outside
the prime minister`s office in the country`s first act of
self-immolation during unrest engulfing the Middle East.
Similar acts have occurred in other Arab countries to
protest government policies.
A doctor at the state al-Bashir Hospital said today
that Mohammed Abdul Karim was in critical condition with
third-degree burns to his face and much of his body.
A police official said the 45-year-old wanted to draw
police sympathy to revoke his criminal record, which included
theft and illegally trafficking drugs and light weaponry.
A Jordanian judicial official, meanwhile, says 80 pro-
and anti-government activists have been charged with resisting
police in a March 25 demonstration that turned violent,
leaving one person dead.
All three officials insisted on anonymity because they
were not allowed to make press statements.