by Nicholas Pendergast
We aren’t all born to be self-immolating monks. Sometimes it’s best to leave hardcore displays of protest to the real zealots.
An unidentified 45-year-old man from California set fire to himself outside of the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. on Tuesday night, in protest of Trump’s inauguration tomorrow. Protesters have rallied around the hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue all week. One of the protesters was not content to simply block traffic. The man was unable to cause any serious damage and the fire was immediately put out by nearby firefighters before grave injury could be sustained. However, 10 percent of his body has suffered third degree burns.
“I was trying to light myself on fire as an act of protest. Protesting the fact that we have elected somebody who is completely incapable of respecting the constitution of the United States,” he said to NBC 4. It was a bright idea, but it also burned.
Self-immolation is common in Tibet, where monks have been protesting Chinese occupation for decades, however it is rare in the United States. Only a handful of cases have occurred in the last decade. Usually, the act of immolation results in death.