‘Self-immolation’ attempt foiled near Taipei Presidential Office
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.