The shocking event that took place during the social protest in Tel Aviv on Saturday where a Haifa resident in his 40s set himself on fire triggered a wave of reactions amongst protesters.
Eye witnesses said that protesters saved the man by pouring water over him and stopping the flames.
Stav Shaffir, one of the leaders of the social protest told Ynet shortly after the incident that "it was a horrifying sight. I don't want to see any victims of this revolution."
"I didn't know this man, but reading his letter and seeing what he did… I think that he was trying to remind us that we're in the middle of a social struggle, and that there are people at fault here. He clearly blames the government."
Man immediately after Self-immolation (Photo: Moti Kimhi)
"He said he didn't agree to be homeless anymore. This horrifying incident should serve as a wake-up call. We need to reach results and quickly because we don't have anytime left; more and more people are losing themselves to the system."
Social protest leader Daphni Leef further commented on the self-immolation incident and said "This is an extreme act by a person who broke down in the face of the cruelty of the system."
She wished the victim a swift recovery and called on the government "to take responsibility and make sure such tragedies never occur in Israel again."
MK Nino Abesadze (Kadima) who also attended the rally said: "All of a sudden I saw a huge ball of fire. At first we didn't know what it was but then when we realized that it was a person, we all started pouring water on him."
"I'm shocked. We took to the streets today in demand for social justice. Our demands are true and just but we must not allow people to sacrifice themselves or harm themselves for this cause."
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