Man lights himself on fire on Wenceslas Square

A 36-year-old man has attempted to commit suicide by lighting his jacket on fire on Sunday afternoon after pouring an unknown flammable liquid on himself. Police officers who were standing nearby helped put out the flames. The man is currently being treated for possible injuries. His motives have not been clarified yet.

The incident happened near the National Museum building on Prague's Wenceslas Square close to the spot where a young student Jan Palach lit himself on fire on January 16, 1969 in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. Palach died three days later.

Author: Masha Volynsky