German Self-Immolates In Front Of Reichstag

Tyler Durden's picture

When the topic of public suicides in Europe comes to mind, the natural instinct in the past several years has been to immediately think Greece, which has not only seen its suicide rate explode due to the never-ending economic depression, but witnessed a variety of activists take their lives in hopes, so far unmet, of enacting some form of political and social upheaval. Which is why it comes as a major surprise that the latest public self-immolation just took place not in Syntagma Square but in front of the German Reichstag.

From DPA via the Berliner Kurier:

Hundreds of tourists and Berliners on Saturday became eyewitnesses to a spectacular suicide in front of the Reichstag building.


A 32-year-old Berliner stabbed himself in the chest according to police at noon at the main entrance of the Reichstag. He then doused himself with a flammable liquid and set fire to himself. Passersby alerted the police and rescue workers. They tried in vain to resuscitate the man. He succumbed to his injuries on site yet.

Naturally the last thing Germany needs is a political suicide at a time when Angela Merkel is being booed not only in Athens but in Stuttgart, which is why the immedaite explanation was one of "personal reasons."

A political motive of his act precluded the police. In the 32-year-old a suicide note was found. The reason for the suicide lies in the personal area, it said.


Shortly before the time of the crime around 500 supporters of wind energy lobby between the Chancellery and the Reichstag building had been demonstrating.

A suicide in front of the political symbol of the nation, one which involves self-immolation, for personal reasons? Interesting. Hopefully other Germans don't get any ideas and start expressing their terminal heartbreak by burning down not only themselves in the immediate vicinity of the Reichstag but the proximal building too: because the last thing the Reichstag needs is to burn down. Again. For personal reasons or otherwise.

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The big unzip's picture

He couldnt taking hearing Merkel speak one more time.

Gully Foyle's picture

Come on people here is an example to follow.

First you all were scared shitless of the Detroit challenge, despite the larger than life internet balls where your brains should have been.

Now you have a chance to redeem yourselves.

I'm watching the news. We all, well all remaining, are.

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You jest?  Pathetic.  Although Zero Hedge is second to none when it comes to a fringe blog (when reporting on finance, never mind economics) the readership has turned into Grade "A" zealots.

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I'm a zealot for Freedom. No f'n compromises and no half-arsed, half-baked excuses of a system. 

Why? Because nothing else works.

Let's hear it for zealotry, there's a time and a place for everything, especially Freedom



Dalago's picture

Hahaha fringe blog?  hahah  ZH broke the LIBOR scandal.

Vendetta's picture

fringe relative to MSM, mainstream to reality.

SafelyGraze's picture


see the "krugman" posting down below

TruthInSunshine's picture

I go OT when it's pretty important, which I hope isn't too often, but Jim Rickards is claiming LIBORgate is on the cusp of bringing down the global banking system (I've never, ever heard of Rickards making wild claims or engaging in hyperbole before, he's not some lunatic fringe 'type,' and he's actually well-credentialed). I don't know if he's correct or not, but there have been some very bizarre & momentous meetings and scrambling by and of the IMF and other entities lately, as a result of some allegedly ominous alarm bells being sounded about financial systemic risk the world over:

Saturday, October 13, 2012

LIBOR Could Destroy the Banking System
"Investment banker and Wall Street insider James Rickards says the Libor rate rigging scandal "is the greatest fraud and greatest potential liability in history." He thinks rate rigging banks could be on the hook for "$2.5 trillion," and "The potential damages could destroy the banking system."


Cosimo de Medici's picture

This implies liability, as in getting sued.  Getting sued requires and free and independent judiciary, not susceptible to being influenced "for the greater good".

One real problem that doesn't get much mention is that virtually everything in the financial world is priced off of the "risk free rate", which had been USTs.  Bill Sharpe and everything that followed, including swaps and other derivatives, rests on it.  This is now in a state of flux, and may be replaced by some basket of instruments, which will throw everyone's book sideways, change capital requirements, and generally mess up the not so nice and clean world the apparatchiks of finance have created.

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Get rid of the ridiculous copyright notice...just sayin

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With all due respect WB7, if you don't believe in copyrights, then why do you sign all your work with WilliamBanazai7?

Is it cause you don't want any plagiarists to use your artwork without acknowledging your efforts or do you just like seeing your name in print?

Just sayin'.

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Copyright is only practical for corporations these days. For individuals it serves no practical purpose except to let the world know you need to see a psychiatrist. But lots of people still do not know about copyrights and patents. They are good for corporations and not so good for individuals. Quite a bit different than a hundred years ago.

Also as soon as whatever it is that you write is written it is automatically copyrighted so the notice is not necessary.

Totentänzerlied's picture

Only if you publish it, and without the notice it is unenforceable at court.

OldPhart's picture

I actually encouraged Banzai7 to sign his art.  I frequently share it and don't want others to think I'm that fukin' talented.  I can't even paint a wall, and my humor mirrors my hemmeroids. 

Don't be such a cynical dick to people (perfectly acceptable for corporations and the goernment).  He puts his name on them because he MADE them.  He gets the credit or the blame.

Geebus, there's so many douchebags these days.

GMadScientist's picture

Some people are less worried about theft than they are about proudly standing by their work.

You're not evil. You're just wrong.

SafelyGraze's picture

see below

someone (starts with a k, ends with a rugman) is infringing on it

his post got pre-crimed

awakening's picture

Fair use exemptions may apply for commentary/discussion (unless he is being paid cash for comment where it may be considered infringement for commercial use).

I am not a lawyer, this post is not legal advice.

Captain Kink's picture

Tort Reform We Can Believe In!

Romney/Ryan 2012!!!!

chumbawamba's picture

At the risk of someone in the depths of despair taking me seriously*, I'd like to see one of these mother fuckers blow themselves the fuck up.  Self-immolation is kind of over-used as a self-expressionary form of attention getting.  They gotta take it to the next level, Palestinian style.

* If you do, you got to make sure the charge is powerful enough to eviscerate you or literally knock your head off your body, but not so much that it takes out nearby people, as you want to make sure you die but not kill any innocents through collateral damage.  Please keep a safe distance and make sure you leave a note in advance somewhere other than on your body or else otherwise it'll be mistaken as a terrorist attack.

I am Chumbawamba.

Debt-Penitent's picture

Hmm, responding German Police, standing by with drawn weapons..."In case someone wants to do something dangerous...".

merizobeach's picture

Your detailed instructions gave me the image of the 'activist' strapping the bomb to his chest but wearing it under a kevlar vest.  Or maybe inside full body armor.  Pop!  Perhaps we need Scotty's transparent aluminum.

Arthur Borges's picture

While in that region, several Israelis have self-immolated recently, with Haaretz specifying that austerity measures were the motive. These torchings didn't get much MSM coverage outside the country, though.

Captain Kink's picture

You may be Chumbawumba, but you ARE a fucking idiot.

You don't really want to see that.  


*If You Do Really Want To See This, I apologize, and you are an insane asshole.

colt45's picture

Can't say it better than this.

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Don't be so insulting.

We are not a "fringe blog".

We are a tin foil hat wearing club ;o)

SWIFT 760's picture

You jest?  Pathetic.  Although Zero Hedge is second to none when it comes to a fringe blog (when reporting on finance, never mind economics) the readership has turned into Grade "A" zealots.

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live free's picture

Hey fuckwad...  stop with this bullshit.  I know you feel like everyone needs a wake up call, but holy shit

I lived in Haiti for several years and have been back multiple times.  Only a moron would "wish" to try and live in the situation.  If you can actually imagine what it's like and prepare that way, then fine, but to make wishes to live in that situation when you don't have too is idiotic. 

Prepare to live in the bullshit, but don't wish for it, moron.



max2205's picture

Sounds like a Chicago suicide. Stabbed with his left hand and then poured gas on himself and then lit the flame and then didn't move till he died. Ok sure

jonjon831983's picture

Actually, now that you mention it... sounds like that UK banker who suicided by stabbing himself multiple times in his car.

JohnG's picture



"Come on people here is an example to follow."


You first.

Captain Kink's picture


don't even respond to this crap.  Some people don't have any idea of what is at stake.  I got $100 says he (gf) doesn't have kids.... and probably no woman.

Go Tribe's picture

You want ZH's to self-immolate? Better for the politicians to do that, especially those on the left.

GMadScientist's picture

Because a world run by Dim Jemint and Lou Gohmert would be just peachy...for anencephalic troglodytes...


Bogdog's picture

I keep waiting for "The Stars My Destination" to made into a movie.

Still waiting......

waylon153's picture

Shortly before the time of the crime around 500 supporters of wind energy.....


Obviously this is a translation error, right?  <sarc>

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The law believes its long arm knows no bounds.

Pure Evil's picture

In fact the TSA has plans to go where only your Proctologist, hampsters, and homos have gone before.

Cavity Search

FranSix's picture

Crispy critters, bitchez!

FL_Conservative's picture

Some bankster bbq, perhaps?

Dr Paul Krugman's picture

You jest?  Pathetic.  Although Zero Hedge is second to none when it comes to a fringe blog (when reporting on finance, never mind economics) the readership has turned into Grade "A" zealots.

resurger's picture

And you are a class "A" douche!

chumbawamba's picture

He's just mad because none of his economic treatises ever makes it to the hallowed halls of ZH.

I am Chumbawamba.

SafelyGraze's picture

looks like he's a copyright violator

caimen garou's picture

hey look someone let the monkey out of his cage! back you beast back I say!

malikai's picture

"Let them eat paper"

Who jests?

flyonmywall's picture

The Arabs do it better.

debtor of last resort's picture

Bankers Kristallnacht in 3 2 1 ...

rustymason's picture

History repeats.  Get the banksters this time.