Man screaming about COVID-19 in front of diners, sets self ablaze in car

Man screaming about COVID-19 in front of diners, sets self ablaze in car

"He was screaming about mandates. He was screaming 'no vax ID' and throwing books."

A yet to be named man has suffered severe burns after setting himself on fire in his car in Richmond, Australia on Christmas day.

The man was allegedly heard screaming about the country's strict coronavirus restrictions before he set himself ablaze in a silver hatchback, outside a local restaurant.

Police and firefighters attempted to extinguish the flames with water.

Concerned bystanders helped police restrain the man until the officers were able to pin him to the ground.

He was then taken to hospital where he was treated for 'life-threatening injuries,' police said.

One witness told local news that the man's flesh was "burning before the flames were put out with water."

They said, "His skin was burning. He was on fire. His skin is stuck to my shirt.

"He was off his face screaming about the mandates."

And another witness, Lydia O'Connor, who was having dinner said, "He poured gas on himself and on his car, it was on purpose.

"He was screaming about mandates. He was screaming 'no vax ID' and throwing books."

Victoria Police confirmed the reports of a man 'self-harming.'

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