BBC: “A man has died after setting himself on fire in the sixth incident of its kind in the Czech Republic in little more than a month.

Three of the six have died.

The series of self-immolations began when a student killed himself in Prague’s Wenceslas Square – as the young student Jan Palach did in 1969 to protest against the Soviet invasion.”

This is one of the more baffling phenomena these days, but there is definitely an undercurrent of deep discontent among Czechs – usually about endemic corruption (the TV Nova scandal, the Ostrava freeway, or the collapse of banks).

It sometimes emerges in mass movements like “Dekujeme, odejdete (Thanks, now leave)” or the protests in favor of Czech Television. And now it emerges in self-immolation.

What’s interesting is how authorities have been quick to point out that all the cases involved “mentally unstable” individuals.

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