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A 45-year-old California man attempted to set himself on fire across the street from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night to publicly protest the election of Donald Trump.
However, the man, as yet unidentified, only managed to set a pile of debris ablaze and injure himself before authorities reached the scene and this attempt at self-immolation came to an end.
Emergency services then took him to the hospital for burn wounds, with The Washington Post reporting that he’d suffered third-degree burns on about ten percent of his body.
“We have a dictator that has been elected,” the man told WRC-TV just after the incident.
“I tried to set myself on fire as an act of protest … to protest the fact that we’ve elected somebody completely incapable of respecting the constitution of the United States,” he added.
It’s unclear if authorities will charge the man with a crime. Police would only say that they were called to the Pennsylvania Avenue hotel to handle a report of a person “in distress.”
This isn’t the first time that protesters have descended upon Trump’s D.C. hotel in recent months. In October, demonstrators painted “No justice, no peace” on the building. Only a month later, protesters spray-painted “We Suck” on the hotel entrance.
Now, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are expected to show up for a wave of demonstrations, including the Women’s March on Washington, protesting Trump’s inauguration this Friday.