Story at a glance
- An Australian man self-immolated on New Year’s Day in Melbourne.
- Witnesses told the authorities the man was sitting in his vehicle ranting about the coronavirus vaccine mandates when he doused himself and his vehicle in gasoline and set himself on fire.
- He was transported via ambulance to the local hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition.
An Australian man self-immolated on New Year’s Day after going on a rant about current coronavirus vaccine mandates.
Witnesses told the authorities and the Herald Sun that the man was sitting in his vehicle in Melbourne at about 8 p.m when he began to rant about current vaccine mandates in the country.
“He was screaming about mandates,” Lydia O’Connor told the Herald Sun. “He was screaming ‘No vax ID,’ and throwing books.”
The man then doused himself and his vehicle in gasoline and lit himself on fire.
“His skin was burning. He was on fire,” an identified woman told the outlet.
Five bystanders reportedly aided police and firefighters in restraining the man so they could extinguish him with water.
He was transported via ambulance to the local hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition.
Victoria state, where the incident occurred, requires people to present proof of vaccination to enter bars, restaurants, and other businesses, and workers are also required to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Shocked bystanders pinned down the man as police and firefighters doused him with water and rushed him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries#auspol #Melbourne #victoria pic.twitter.com/gfcZpx9f9h
— 5 News Australia (@5NewsAustralia) January 1, 2022
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