Tunisian dies after self-immolation protest: NGO

5th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

A young man died from setting himself on fire last month in a protest that has sparked widespread social unrest in Tunisia, a French human rights group said on Wednesday.

Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old graduate, doused himself in petrol and set himself alight on December 17 in Sidi Bouzid, central Tunisia, in a protest against unemployment that sparked days of rioting by jobless young people.

The leader of the Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), Souhayr Belhassen, told AFP that Bouazizi died on Tuesday evening.

"An investigation or a national commission is needed to determine the causes and the solutions of this social protest which has taken a tragic form," she said.

© 2011 AFP

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