Student dies after setting himself on fire

A student has died in the Czech Republic after setting himself on fire in protest at the state of the world.

A student has died in the Czech Republic after setting himself on fire in protest at the state of the world.

The 21-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene in a car park in Plzen, 60 miles south-west of the capital Prague, police said.

In a farewell letter left in his room in halls, he blamed “the state of today’s world and the state of the society as such.”

Local reports said the man had been an excellent student taking courses in history and German.

Last month, a Czech teenager died in an ambulance shortly after setting himself on fire in central Prague’s Wenceslas Square.

He left a goodbye letter in which he called his suicide Torch 2003 and said it was “the continuation of protests against the evil which is tolerated throughout the world”.

The teenager’s self-immolation took place just yards from where student Jan Palach set himself on fire in January 1969 to protest against the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion and the subsequent Soviet domination of the country.

Palach died after several days in hospital.

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