‘Self-im­mo­la­tion’ at­tempt foiled near Taipei Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Se­cu­rity per­son­nel de­ployed in front of the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice pre­vented a man from ap­par­ently try­ing to set him­self on fire Mon­day, author­i­ties said. No one was in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

The man, who was only iden­ti­fied by his sur­name Lin, parked his light truck on Kate­galan Boule­vard in front of the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice, and be­gan splash­ing ga­so­line on him­self, ac­cord­ing to the Taipei City Po­lice’s First Precinct.

As he took out a lighter from his pocket, the man was sub­dued by an un­known num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers and mil­i­tary po­lice per­son­nel de­ployed in front of the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice, the precinct said.

The man, aged 37, was taken to a po­lice sta­tion for ques­tion­ing to de­ter­mine his mo­tive, the precinct said. One media re­port said that the fac­tory owner was dis­ap­pointed at not be­ing able to find enough work­ers.

It is not Lin’s first en­counter with the law on Ke­ta­galan Boule­vard.

On Feb. 23, the man from south­ern Tai­wan’s Yun­lin County, who was un­em­ployed at the time, rammed his car against a steel planter in front of the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice.

He claimed at the time that he had lost con­trol of his sport util­ity ve­hi­cle as he tried to pick up his smart­phone. The front bumper of his car was dam­aged but no one was in­jured in that in­ci­dent, ei­ther.

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