A protester set himself on fire outside Trump International Hotel in Washington DC on Tuesday. The 45-year-old man, who has not yet been identified, said the act was in protest of the President-elect’s looming inauguration.
Witnesses described how he yelled ‘Trump’ several times as ‘flames ran up his back’ before lying down in the street. He suffered non-life-threatening burns and was taken to hospital shortly after the incident at around 9.30pm.
A Washington DC Police source told DailyMail.com he was not arrested. In a brief interview with NBC at the scene, he said: ‘I tried to light myself on fire as an act of protest.
He had used a lighter and accelerant to start the fire. Authorities said they were called to the hotel after receiving a report of a person ‘in distress’.
A bypasser said it was not initially clear what the man was protesting when he set fire to items of clothing in the street outside the hotel. ‘He set himself on fire and as flames ran up his back he yelled Trump several times then lay down in the street.
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