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Man dies after setting self on fire at Reichstag

The Local · 14 Oct 2012, 12:52

Published: 14 Oct 2012 08:35 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Oct 2012 12:52 GMT+02:00

In front of hundreds of tourists and passersby, the Berliner first stabbed himself in the chest with a knife, then poured a flammable liquid over himself and lit himself on fire.

Passersby notified the police and rescue crews. Rescue workers and medical personnel tried for 30 minutes to resuscitate the man, the newspaper BZ reported. He died at the scene from his injuries.

Police ruled the case a suicide, after finding a goodbye letter from the man. The reasons for the suicide were personal, according to the police.

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Your comments about this article

09:58 October 14, 2012 by Englishted
"Police ruled the case a suicide, after finding a goodbye letter from the man. The reasons for the suicide were personal, according to the police."

Good job they found the note or how would they have known ?.

"Shortly before the suicide, about 500 people had demonstrated near the Reichstag in support of wind energy."

What was the purpose of this end note?
10:21 October 14, 2012 by gorongoza
@ Englishted.

Concerning the end note to this article: if you are a regular reader of The Local you may as well get used to the reporting from these guys. I am a regular reader and so often I found it difficult to make sense of a lot of the stories reported in the TL.

At first I used to attribute it to poor translation but now it seems to me its more than that.

I should however hasten to point out my appreciation for the efforts these TL guys put in providing us with local news in English.
10:27 October 14, 2012 by smart2012
My key question is: what was the personal reason? Did he maybe lose the job and did not have enough money to live??? German press would never say this right??? ;)
14:10 October 14, 2012 by bwjijsdtd
Well, ya gotta give him credit for doing what he sat out to do ... Maybe the personal reason wass just that ... personal ...
17:27 October 14, 2012 by wethepeople2012
I just hope it wasn't because of a woman. No person is worth taking your own life over.
17:29 October 14, 2012 by avatar009
how many suicide happens every year in germany. What did the people say

well done. The EU economy crisis is getting bigger i think the german is feeling the heat soon.
18:53 October 14, 2012 by waywed
I suppose it makes a change from people throwing themselves in front of the U-bahn........
00:49 October 15, 2012 by HHayrider
Flamenwerfer... It werfs flamen.
07:42 October 15, 2012 by jodessa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate

There you go....I know you were curious..
09:07 October 15, 2012 by HansT
"@ wethepeople2012

I just hope it wasn't because of a woman. No person is worth taking your own life over."

Actually, it could just as readily be because of a guy...
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