Man attempts self-immolation in front of Health Minister Muezzinoglu

EDIRNE: A shopkeeper attempted set himself alight at a ceremony in Thracian province of Edirne on Sunday at a ceremony where Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu was present.

The incident took place during a ceremony held in Edirne for the opening of a theology faculty at Trakya University. Sahbaz Sahin, the shopkeeper, had recently opened a pastry shop at the university but had come to the brink of bankruptcy.

Sahin doused himself with petrol and began shouting during the ceremony, causing panic among the minister’s staff. “Come, don’t set yourself alight,” Muezzinoglu told the man. He was dissuaded and was brought to the health minister. He talked with Muezzinoglu throughout the ceremony and explained his situation.

SOURCE: CIHAN