Prague Man in Critical Condition After Self Immolation

A 56-year-old Czech man was in critical condition after setting himself on fire at Wenceslas Square in the center of Prague, according to the city’s Emergency Medical Service.

The man, whose identity wasn’t released, was on leave from a psychiatric hospital in Prague, iDnes cited police spokesman Tomas Hulan as saying. He set himself on fire shortly before midnight.

Klara Fikejzova from the emergency services said by phone today that the man was in critical condition at a Prague hospital, denying information earlier provided to iDnes by her colleague, who said the man died.

In the Czech Republic, self-immolations bring back memories of resistance to the communist regime of the time. In 1969, two students, Jan Palach and Jan Zajic, died after setting themselves ablaze at the same square to protest the apathy that followed the 1968 Soviet-led invasion to former Czechoslovakia.

(Corrects to say man in critical condition from first paragraph.)
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