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Iranian self-immolates outside embassy in election protest

AP  |  Bangkok 

Thai police say an Iranian man set himself on fire in front of the Iranian Embassy in Bangkok to protest his country's presidential

Police say the unidentified man doused himself with gasoline before lighting himself on fire today outside the gate of the embassy. The man suffered burns all over his body and was taken to a hospital.

Pol Lt Col Noppadol Samart says the man was protesting today's presidential vote in Iran, though he did not know exactly what about the the man was opposed to.

Iranians are voting in the first presidential since the country's nuclear deal with world powers. The election is largely viewed as a referendum on the current president's more moderate policies as well as economic issues.

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First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 18:02 IST