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Newsline: South Korean sets self on fire outside Japanese embassy in Seoul

A South Korean man set himself on fire Wednesday outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul during a large protest over Japan’s forced recruitment of sex slaves to service military brothels during World War II. Television news footage showed other protestors using a blanket and bottled water to try and douse the flames before the emergency services arrived. Firefighters eventually removed the man by stretcher to an ambulance which rushed him to hospital. His precise condition was not known, but local news reports suggested his injuries were not life-threatening. The Yonhap news agency identified him as an 81-year-old, surnamed Choi, from the southern city of Gwangju. Yonhap cited medical staff as saying he had suffered third-degree burns to most of his body, but was still conscious and not believed to be in a life-threatening condition.



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