A South Korean man has set himself on fire outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul as part of a protest over Japan’s WW II recruitment of sex slaves to work in military brothels.
Firefighters eventually carried the man by stretcher to an ambulance which then rushed him to hospital.
Television news recorded fellow protestors using a blanket and bottled water to extinguish the flames before emergency services arrived on the scene.
Yonhap news agency identified the man as an 81-year-old, from the southern city of Gwangju, surnamed Choi.
Self-immolation is not that rare in South Korea and was particularly common during the pro-democracy movement of the 1980s and early-90s, when a number of student activists set themselves on fire during public demonstrations.
Such acts are not limited to political protest. In May this year, a 56-year-old disabled man died after setting himself on fire in a dispute with his landlord, and a 29-year-old killed himself the same way in March after his girlfriend rejected a marriage proposal.