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Originally posted by Phaethor
I wonder what was in the envelopes he tossed out of his van before taking off and setting himself on fire. They may have clues that lead to the reason.
Mummification has always been quite rare in Japan. The few examples of the custom that do exist are mostly Buddhist priests who underwent self-mummification by gradually reducing their intake of food and water. Although after death these mummies were subjected to various drying procedures, their internal organs were not usually removed and they did not undergo the elaborate embalming techniques found in other parts of the world. The Fujiwara mummies are unusual in that they are the only example from Japan of the mummification of political rather than religious figures.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
but for the rest of us, setting yourself on fire is not a sign of clear thinking.
As the firefighters stood by and police tried to calm the distraught man in the white van, the men from fire stations 314 and 325 kept thinking of the same thing: Oklahoma City.
The van had pushed past a police cordon placed around the provincial Legislature for a protest by farmers. The firefighters couldn't see into the vehicle, but they could do the math: rented truck, anti-government rally, the smell of gasoline.
The answer: the 1995 attack on a U.S. government building with an 1,800-kilogram fuel-and-fertilizer bomb, carried in a rented truck, that killed 168 people.
"With the man in the van near the farmers' protest, the thing I thought about was, `What if he's an angry farmer and he's got fertilizer in there? We could have the Oklahoma City thing all over again,'" said Bryan Ratushniak, acting captain of Toronto fire station 314. "The adrenaline was going bang, bang, bang."
The man in the van was Anh Ngoc Vuong, the Star has learned. It's not known what drove Vuong to set himself ablaze yesterday after a half-hour standoff. He was in serious condition at Sunnybrook hospital last night being treated for severe burns.
The Mississauga man rented the van yesterday morning from a Budget Rent A Car location near Pearson airport. At about 1 p.m., as a rally by Ontario farmers was getting underway at the Legislature, Vuong drove through a police line on Queen's Park Cres., just north of Wellesley St. W.
"I don't want to kill myself at all," Vuong yelled out the window as police vehicles moved in to block the van. "I don't want to harm nobody."
Originally posted by valkeryie
And off course now the protest by the farmers has been overshadowed.
Hopefully we find out his reason and he recovers.
After a police cruiser sideswiped the van and another hit it head-on, the man's clothing burst into flames.
"Soon as the cruiser in the front of the van hit him, he set himself on fire, which I couldn't believe what I was seeing," said Michael Snary, a witness.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
He got the quote from me, and I took it (paraphrased) from the article I linked to that started this thread. You actually witnessed it? That's pretty wacky.