Man Self-Immolates In Front Of Rome's Presidential Palace

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Over the weekend it was not some disenchanted and long-suffering Greek, nor Irishman, nor even a Spaniard, but a German who burned and stabbed himself to death in front of the Reichstag in broad daylight. Moments ago, yet another country which has so far had been spared ritualistic (attempted) suicides, joined the ranks of places where people would rather take their lives than live under the oppressive European depression, when a 55 year man of Romanian origin and father of six, currently living in Pinerolo in Piedmont, set himself on fire in from the presidential palace in Rome, the Quirinale. As Repubblica reports, he was protesting the economic conditions and the lack of job opportunities. It appears that whereas Europe may be "saved" and PIIGS bonds are being bought for the time being, the monetary transmission mechanism is still certainly clogged up and the central bank's record liquidity is neither reaching the ordinary citizens of Europe nor, most certainly, the most political square in Rome.

Earlier today in Rome:

From Modenaonline:

Behind the act there would be family problems, but above all economic. The act seems to have been exacerbated by not being able to provide for his family even the bare necessirites due to extended unemployed. The man has burns on 50% of his body and was unconscious when he was taken away. The scene is consumed in front of stunned tourists: the man doused himself with alcohol and used a lighter to light the flames.

Also when we said this is the first case of self-immolation in Rome we were wrong:

On 11 August a worker of 54 years, a native of Forli, set on fire in front of the Palace Montecitorio and was admitted to St. Eugene with burns on 85% of the body. The Widower, had lost his job for two months and had not yet managed to find another job. The worker died after eight days of suffering. 

Sadly for a nation, and a continent, which despite all the endless lies in the media, is getting more and more desperate, and where 25% official unemployment (so 50% unofficial) is the norm, this is just the beginning.

h/t Joe

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Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:00 | 2902096 Peter Pan
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Why is it that no politician does this as a dsplay of remorse for what he has done to his country?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:02 | 2902109 Big Corked Boots
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you expect remorse from a politician?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:04 | 2902118 Bodhi
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Sociopaths are not capable of empathy.



Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:18 | 2902174 Pladizow
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Perhaps the Bernank can blanket them with dollars from his helecoptor?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:55 | 2902330 redpill
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You guys are on fire today!

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:57 | 2902334 MillionDollarBogus_
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That was me...

I was starved for attention...

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:06 | 2902340 hedgeless_horseman
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The first of 23 images from the Vietnam War. 

I pray these self immolations in Europe are not the beginings of another journey similar to the one Quang Duc's death portended.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:28 | 2902424 Herd Redirectio...
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BTW, there's never been a case of a cured socio(or psycho)path in history.

So what can we learn from that?

Hint: we need to out the fuckers.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:46 | 2902479 Pure Evil
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Kind of reminds me of Obama's performance in the first debate.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 19:40 | 2902939 francis_sawyer
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Disco Inferno

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 20:35 | 2903067 Cui Bono
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Voight-Kampff Empathy Tests for all!

Truly a Mad World.......


Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:45 | 2902474 LooseLee
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No MDB, you're starved for a functioning BRAIN!

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:00 | 2902342 macholatte
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Italians and Greeks commit suicide and get a little press coverage and yawns from TPTB. Arabs try to blow up the Fed and get a whole lot of press coverage. Is it possible for the Italians, Greeks or Spanish to learn from the Arabs?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:25 | 2902417 David449420
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Do you mean that they should get the FBI to supply the gasoline?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:47 | 2902481 WatchingIgnorance
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Yes, exactly. Thank you for that.

Not many seem to realize all these arrests are set-ups, where the FBI, DHS or some other government agency gets the plan in motion, provides them with fake supplies, and then makes a big press-ticle of it to show everyone how well the 'War on Terror' is going. Back when I grew up, there was such a thing as entrapment. Now adays, that is nothing more than a term for the history books.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 19:50 | 2902964 Questan1913
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So let's get this straight; you are.... ..what?  A professional tptb watcher?  Keen on and expert in interpreting their every tic, hiccup or "yawn"?  Are you on a first name basis with  some mythical tptb?  If so, please enlighten us as to why we should be concerned that your tptb, whoever or whatever that term actually describes "yawned" when a courageous steel spined individual sacrificed his life in a heroic probably vain attempt to wake up brain dead zombies like yourself to the fact they are enslaved objects of third party plunder.  And on what first hand knowledge do you know, with certainty, that Arabs tried to blow up the Fed?  Why you have brought the fruits of your television watching to the comment section of ZH is a question only you can answer, but if you are trying to trumpet the fact that you are a member of the herd, you have succeeded.   

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 05:28 | 2903674 Ar-Pharazôn
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Fri, 10/19/2012 - 00:23 | 2903430 StychoKiller
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There ain't no justice!

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:20 | 2902193 JPM Hater001
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No but the people are...and they may just empathy all over the politicians.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:23 | 2902205 RobD
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O.T It looks like goog is trading again.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:29 | 2902233 azzhatter
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Was his name Sergei?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:57 | 2902335 foofoojin
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We just tell you that so we can get away with it. Psychology Bitchez.


Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:07 | 2902131 Peter Pan
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Actually senatr Danforth came very close when in 1981 he admitted that they (congress) had bankrupted the USA for the sake of getting re elected.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:15 | 2902175 Stackers
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What is up with people trying to find the most painful way to kill themselves ? Whats next feet first table saw suicides ?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:17 | 2902188 redpill
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How about riding in a tiny clausterphobic capsule for three hours and then plummeting to earth from near outer space?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:51 | 2902497 Harbanger
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He's home chillin with his family, he ain't stooopid.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:17 | 2902184 tickhound
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Did he own goo-goo shares?


They think that your early ending was all wrong;
for the most part they're right,
but look how they all got strung.

That's why I say...


Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:24 | 2902210 Joe Davola
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Inbev's coming out with a new formula for Bud, only it will have a little less head.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:08 | 2902139 larz
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They are sociopaths they feel nothing - lizzard people

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:04 | 2902125 Skateboarder
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Because they are all emotionless psychopaths who know no compassion and appreciation for anything whatsoever?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:08 | 2902141 LongSoupLine
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Tyler, You sure that's not a GOOG heavy hedge fund manager?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:22 | 2902194 I am a Man I am...
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Definitely not, they would just take the $40M they made instead of the $400M, IMMEDIATELY shut down their hedge fund because their "high water mark" just became that much more of a bitch to get to, return what money is left to investors, change name/file paper work to start new hedge fund, pick up the phone and call their buddy at CALPERS (or any other pension fund) and get a few billiion and start fresh with no high water mark to prevent them from getting their 20% next year.  The key is not to dick around and pretend you are going to continuously perform and, you must cut bait from previous fuck ups, start fresh.  Sure, $40M a year is disappointing, but you don't have to sell the Aspen challet, the place in the hamptons, or quit the country club.  Life is still pretty fucking good, hardly any reason to harm oneself.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:10 | 2902154 emersonreturn
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+1 Peter Pan.  Nor a single banker.  

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:13 | 2902161 americanspirit
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If you want to see a politician ( or banker) burn somebody else is going to have to light them up. But why stop at just one?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:01 | 2902345 Things that go bump
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That was done in Greece.  I don't think anyone got much satisfaction from the death of a pregnant bank teller.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:48 | 2902484 LooseLee
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In time. Be patient. Sooner or later the American will suddenly realize his plight...

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 07:24 | 2903733 WhiteHose
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where do i sign up?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:21 | 2902192 Cortez the Killer
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Never understood why someone who chooses such a brave means of suicide wouldnt have the courage to take a banksta with him

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:13 | 2902378 Zap Powerz
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I am no longer surprised at human stupidity.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:25 | 2902420 e-recep
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i am not sure if he knew that the economic depression was caused and exacerbated by banksters.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:43 | 2902466 Harbanger
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There's nothing brave about leaving a wife and 6 children behind to fend for themselves.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 17:22 | 2902591 Louie the Dog
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Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:25 | 2902214 azzhatter
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Can't wait to see Bernanke go up in smoke

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:45 | 2902302 debtor of last ...
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Robespierre will take care of that.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:44 | 2902472 Meremortal
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The man's act has historical symbolic significance in Italy. The man burned himself in front of the Presidential Palace. In 1600, the Church was the de factor ruler of Italy:

Executions used to be held publicly in Campo de' Fiori. Here, on 17 February 1600, the philosopher Giordano Bruno was burnt alive for heresy, and all of his works were placed on the Index of Forbidden Books by the Holy Office. In 1887 Ettore Ferrari dedicated a monument to him on the exact spot of his death: he stands defiantly facing the Vatican, reinterpreted in the first days of a reunited Italy as a martyr to freedom of speech.


Thu, 10/18/2012 - 18:50 | 2902685 Deo vindice
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Rome, with her insatiable lust for power and wealth is guilty of burning tens of thousands and slaughtering millions more over the centuries.

Her diabolical instruments of torture and death have rarely been equalled and never surpassed.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:02 | 2902097 greased up deaf guy
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exhibit b for the nobel peace prize winning eu. ok, point proven :).

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:01 | 2902099 ZackLo
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It never ends.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:56 | 2902331 ParkAveFlasher
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If you look closely, you can see a Black Swan.  Rising like a fuckin phoenix.

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