Two Spaniards Self-Immolate Due To Financial Problems

Tyler Durden's picture

First it was a German, then an Italian, and now, two months, later, the European self-immolation wave has spread to the country that many expect will be the next one to follow Greece into effective debt default. El Pais reports that an impoverished 57-year-old man who set himself on fire in Málaga Thursday, and subsequently died of his injuries at Carlos Haya hospital. He had third-degree burns on 80 percent of his body and suffered a multi-organ failure. The victim, thought to be of Moroccan origin, had worked in construction for years but was out of a job now, said people who knew him. In the last few months he had been scraping a living with the small change he made guiding cars into parking spaces near the hospital, an illegal practice that is usually overlooked by authorities. The police, who have not yet located his relatives, are not ruling out the possibility of an accident just as the man was lighting up a cigarette. Just two minutes before the event, he bought a pack of cigarettes from a local newsstand whose owner asked him how he was doing.

“I don’t even have enough money for food,” he replied. The man is thought to have been homeless at the present time, and seemed even more depressed than on other occasions, said the stand owner.

Several taxi drivers came to the rescue with their vehicles’ fire extinguishers when they saw the man go up in flames on a side street from the hospital. A few hours after being admitted into the emergency room there, he was transferred to a specialized burn unit in Seville, where doctors were unable to save his life.

He was the unlucky one - as BBC follows, another Spaniard also lit himself on fire on Thursday night, in the same city, but lived.

Another man is being treated in the same hospital apparently after setting himself alight in Malaga on Thursday.


The 63-year-old was found with serious injuries beside his burning car under a road bridge, police said.


No other details were given of that man but, according to Spain's El Mundo newspaper, preliminary investigations indicated that the fire had been lit intentionally.


Spanish media have reported a number of cases in recent months of people facing poverty in the country's recession killing themselves.

Considering it was an identical act of self-immolation in Tunisia that set off the Arab Spring in the winter of 2011, Europe has for shown far more resiliency to socio-economic collapse than many had expected, although this is not unexpected: after all, Europeans, and especially Spaniards, still have more to lose than gain by rising up against a reverse Robin Hood globalist system bent on taking from what's left of the middle class and giving to the status quo banking oligarchy. Or so they think: the big strawman, is and for the past 150 years has been the welfare state myth.

Then again, now that Spain has almost drained its entire social security fund, and replaced it with worthless ECB repo material, i.e., Spanish bonds, will Spaniards finally wake up and realize that while they were snoozing, their government spent 90% of their pension and retirement money to prop up the Ponzi for one more year. And instead of committing suicide, or even patching up various symptomps, shouldn't the people of Spain, and all of Europe, finally address the real underlying cause of their misery: a dysfunctional government, which contrary to indication, is merely a puppet in a banker-led globalist system?

If not, how many more people have to burn themselves to death before it becomes clear?

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DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Europe is in real trouble.  This will not be the first two who choose this way out.  More coming...

Harden up your emotions, the suicide rate may go up here (as mentioned below) as we have guns...  

SAVE your money, save yourselves and save your families.

three chord sloth's picture

The whole of the (used-to-be, ex-) first world is in real trouble. Pretty much no one has either the culture or the industrial base to support the lifestyle we've grown accustomed to.

macholatte's picture

Suicide is for losers and Europeans just don't get it!

Read this:



When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

-- The Rebels   July 4, 1776


Isn't it time some politicians were "fired"?

true brain's picture

The common man is a dumb brute. Many common men are a dumb mob. They need the intelligentsia to guide them, to provide passion, theory, logistic, in short to provide a will. Until that time, the dumb mob will continue to flounder hopelessly.

magpie's picture

The intelligentsia is at the Starbucks counter

Michaelwiseguy's picture

Looks like the Agenda 21 New World Order isn't working out too well for Europeans.

AldousHuxley's picture

New World Order is europions burningn themselves while Euro princes enslave hungry african immigrants and muslims as the next generation worker drones.


Also, it is Germany trying to take over europe against the wishes of France and Britain and Russia.


Spanish college grads now work for Chinese...

AldousHuxley's picture

this is not about Spanish college grad, but an illegal alien.

victim, thought to be of Moroccan origin, had worked in construction for years but was out of a job now



Moroccans in Spain are largest group of ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS in Spain....



Note to Mexicans: not too smart to immigrate to a broke country









merizobeach's picture

"And instead of committing suicide...shouldn't the people of Spain, and all of Europe..."

Dear Tyler, I suspect it may be possible for you(s), as it is for your readers, to sometimes forget how far ahead of the information curve we really are; of course it is sensible to overthrow a tyrannical government rather than self-immolate, but most humans are creatures of extremely limited sensibility.  And there are far too many of them anyway.  So rather than get teary, or even philosophical, I recommend pragmatism: let their be a weekly self-immolation day at the doorsteps of each nation's capitol, or other government, buildings.  Let their be ubiquitous free euthanasia clinics...and monthly free-style auto-euthanasia days..!  Single meal vouchers for a surviving family member when a serf auto-euthanizes or visits a clinic...  And so on.  Bottom line: allow and encourage the insufferable masses of sheeple to off their worse-than-useless selves; there could be some serious population reduction affected here if this is done right.  ;-)

merizobeach's picture

As a further aside, in my research, it is the guy who expired, not the survivor with x% 3rd degree burns, who is the lucky one.

pasmurf's picture

response to AlduousHuxley, of Spaniards working for Chinese)

no, actually they move to S. America

ebear's picture

"The intelligentsia is at the Starbucks counter'

Or behind it.

Vendetta's picture

if the common man is a dumb brute, what is a banker?

Salon's picture

They still taught this in school when i was growing up.

Freedom and liberty were still understood by many.

My grandparents generation were the last when 10 percent of the population were named George Washington (insert last name here)

"progressives" know that individual liberty is a barrier to collectivism, and revolution is a fundamental natural right.

So this stuff is not taught anymore

Michaelwiseguy's picture

The USA would be dead right now if it weren't for the Ron Paul Revolution.

AldousHuxley's picture

ron paul forced to retire.

as well as progressives on the democratic side.


it is old status quo clinging to bluedogs and military industrial complex to republicans for dear life time of freebies from the government treasury.


so far they are winning.

Seize Mars's picture

Unfortunately a lot of Americans don't understand this. You would think they'd be well versed in this cultural standard but decades of government school, and...people don't even know their founding principles.

You want to fix everything? It begins - and ends - with the Federal Reserve. It's that simple.

Any "system" that has a top-down power structure will eventually be taken over by people willing to out-evil each other. So that creeping level of Statism that we all observe is not only inevitable, but also really, really evil.

Penicillin and refrigeration aside, it's not really a good time to be alive right now. I look at the Federal Reserve Notes in my wallet and am disgusted by the occult symbols they've drawn on there. Honestly I think that's what Jesus meant when he said "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's." Just get rid of them. Trade them for real goods, extinguish debts, et cetera.

Live, love, work hard, do a good job. Read the Good Book, try to be nice to people. What else is there?


AldousHuxley's picture

Jesus was a Jewish bastard child.


It is easy to be nice and love others when you are born or married to money. What else is there?

true brain's picture

no he was not. he never existed.

PhilofOz's picture

I'm not a Christian but that comment is just plain ridiculous, and born of ignorance.

e-recep's picture

show the evidence then.

Ghordius's picture

faith (or skepticism) is what humans do/experience when confronted by lack of evidence

Jesus' words are what Christians propagate, this act now is evident and more relevant than it's source

Crassus's picture

Good point, Ghordius. As an athiest, I have observed that proof may indeed be the antithesis of faith and faith may have stretched beyond the words and acts of the New Testament.

Talcott's picture

His old man might take umbrage with that momzer chatter...


...or not ;)



metastar's picture

I have always instructed my son on the benefits and dangers of public school. Learn whatever you can. Math, and science are generally safe, but beware social studies (and english). Learn what you must to convince them you have bought into their propaganda and pass their tests, but don't trust any of it. And beware of the essays when they start prying into your private life, your home, etc. Anything you say can and will be used against you, so make shit up.

Banksters's picture

My mother committed suicide due to economic hardship.   Three siblings and I were  cut to the wind.   Today, one rebel survives, me.


See you at the revolution!

trentusa's picture

oh yea that's some good stuff

john39's picture

not true.  vast amounts of wealth are being squandered and wasted in the military/medical/corporate complex.   end the waste, stop banking parasites from hoarding wealth through ponzi schemes, and allow people to be productive again, and great things could happen....   btw, estimates place that amount of wealth hoarded by the Rothschilds alone in the tens of trillions.   insanity.

AldousHuxley's picture

elites don't want great things to happen unless they can control it and funnel profits their way.


great things come rarely from welfare recipients.

Doomer's picture

If this guy had tried to set a criminal banker on fire instead, the worst that would happen is he spend a few years in prison.  He would get free meals and place to sleep, and he would have the satisfaction of having made the world a better place.  It is a pity to waste a life when there is such potential good that can come of it.

Please note, I am not advocating murder.  I am just pointing out the consequences.

macholatte's picture


Justifiable homicide might be the centerpiece of his defense.    Sheeple committing suicide is much more convenient for the elites.

laboratorymike's picture

No, suicide isn't good either. Dead people can't be taxed.

Doomer's picture

Neither can unemployed people be taxed.

Guess the only solution is war or a global pandemic.  Don't say you weren't warned.




Kaiser Sousa's picture

"Please note, I am not advocating murder.  I am just pointing out the consequences..."


 they are at the root of all evil which has enveloped humanity....

nothing will change until they have met their just fate.....DEATH!!!!!

Michaelwiseguy's picture

The People's Kill List is coming out soon. That will make it a lot easier.

Gamma735's picture

The armed guards of the bankers would have killed him before he would get a chance to set the banker on fire.

Rogue Trooper's picture

True, afterall as 'good europeans' they allowed themselves to be disarmed.

Consequence is a bitch... perhaps the wise ones are pooling together what eruos they have and having a chat to their eastern european brothers... 7.62x39 should do the trick.

Next time they neet a banker and his bodyguards it could get interesting.....

booboo's picture

People can survive with A LOT less baubles in their life, it is the debt merchants that cannot live without an ever increasing money flow. This should tell us all who is really driving the car. Starve the Beast.

I grew up spitting lead pellets out of my mouth on onto the plate and eating what popped out of the ground on our own plots.

laboratorymike's picture

The suicide rate is already going up in the US, up higher than what it was in the 90s and 2000s already:

Also, I a short piece I wrote on gun violence (and gun bans failing to prevent it) I found out that suicidal individuals favor guns 2-to-1 over other methods, possibly because it's quicker and more convenient:


    This trend is vaguely related to the times in China leading up to the Tainanmen Square protest. According to fridnds and relatives who lived there at the time, the nation was facing sever fiscal problems from the ravages of communism, the old propaganda machines had worn thin, and people were tired of it. The Tiananmen protests, attended by the in-laws and some of their friends, ultimately wasn't an opposition so much as a statement that the youth would rather die than bear any more taxes and inflation. The government austerity (some of the public workers starved to death because they couldn't find real jobs) and new freedoms that came out of that time wasn't a capitulation, so much as the government admitting that it couldn't push the people any harder, because doing so was literally killing the tax base. That's my theory of the endgame here: half of Americans are net tax takers right now, so eventually the tax payers will all disappear (at least on paper) or start dropiing dead, and at that point the purse strings will be cut.

    Our minimum goal, therefore, is to shore up our position as best we can to ride this out, here or abroad, so that we do not have to be the ones to self-immolate or face the machine guns out of desperation. This government is going bankrupt, but in its last moments of "solvency" it will surely try to take everything it can to stay afloat.

cynicalskeptic's picture

Sadly part of tht increase is ex- and current military.

Some is PTSD, some financial, some......     politicians like to use servicemen as photoops but otherwise.....

Element's picture

yes, but can they chuck a cup of something over Golum and light him up first?

Ghordius's picture

Gollum? what has Gollum done to you?

Tango in the Blight's picture

He loves his precious metals. Just like Smaug. Evil terrorists both!

petolo's picture

Compassion, please; we're all in this together except for~ 1%.

northerngirl's picture

What do we do?  On a national level the government is supporting a large percent of the population.  Those of us that are the average working American are just trying to make ends meet, and keep a little for a rainy day.  I just found out a distant relative of mine is homeless and am trying to rally family support to help her get on her feet.  She is not a looser just had some health problems and as a result a financial set back.  I come from a large family and so far the response slim to none.  The only way we are going to turn this country around is for people to stop depending on the government and TPTB.  However, here is great example of how one American family is falling short.  Again, what do we do?  

PrintemDano's picture

" On a national level the government is supporting a large percent of the population."            

Error.  Does not Compute.    Reboot.

A. Buttle's picture

Thank the Bernank!