Self-immolation in Riyadh

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A Saudi man has died after setting himself on fire in protest at his treatment by authorities, the BBC has learned.

Sources told BBC Arabic that more than 100 hundred people gathered outside the police department in capital Riyadh in anger at Ali Jabiri Alhouraysi’s death.

He is said to have killed himself after being searched by police.

The incident is similar to the death of Tunisian man Muhammad Bouazizi, who set himself on fire in 2011 in protest, triggering revolution a revolution that ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who was offered refuge in Saudi Arabia. Like Bouazizi, the Saudi man was also a vegetable street vendor.

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