Yemeni man sets himself on fire outside Cabinet

Posted at: 11/27/2012 1:35 PM
By AHMED EL-HAJ

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(AP) SANAA, Yemen - Medical officials say a Yemeni man set himself on fire outside the Cabinet building in the capital Sanaa.

The officials say Abdel-Hakim Hamoud Qasim is in critical condition after Tuesday’s self-immolation. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

His cousin, Mohammed Qasim, says Abdel-Hakim was protesting a complaint he had filed to the Ministry of Petroleum against Canadian oil and gas company Nexen, which he worked for as a driver for 16 years until 2006. Mohammed says his cousin was severely injured on the job in Yemen and only paid $3,000 after the accident.

The company could not be immediately reached for comment.

A similar act of self-immolation in Tunisia last year helped trigger a series of uprisings in Arab countries, including Yemen.

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