Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ERCOLANO

Florist sets self ablaze, jumps from mayor's office window

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Ercolano, June 10 - A florist in southern Italy
died Monday after setting himself on fire inside the local
mayor's office then jumping from the window.
Witnesses said Antonio Formicola, 60, forced his way inside
the building wielding a knife, then doused himself with gasoline
before setting himself alight inside the office of the mayor of
Ercolano, which is outside Naples.
He died of cardiac arrest at the hospital.
Another person was hospitalized after being struck on the
street below by a fire extinguisher which was thrown from the
same first-storey window.
Soon after hundreds of protesters gathered around the
office building shouting insults such as "murderer" at the
mayor, who was not present at the time of the incident.
Many of the demonstrators were reportedly shopkeepers from
the area, which like much of the south has been hard-hit by
Italy's ongoing economic crisis.
Demonstrators who knew the shopkeeper described him as kind
and always eager to help those in need.

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