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article imageSpanish economic crisis led to 2 men setting themselves on fire

By Greta McClain     Jan 6, 2013 in World
Malaga - The financial crisis and unemployment rate in Spain is becoming more than some can bear, leading two men to intentionally set themselves ablaze in an effort to commit suicide.
On Wednesday, an unemployed 57-year-old man set himself ablaze in the Spanish city of Málaga. Some are saying the man's actions were part of a protest against what he perceived as social injustices and the rising costs of living. The man was taken to Carlos Haya hospital for treatment. He subsequently died from his injuries.
An unidentified hospital source told Fox News Latino that the speed of the blaze and severity of the injuries indicate that the man did intentionally set himself on fire.
Friends and witnesses stated the man was having financial difficulties and believe that was the reason he resorted to such drastic measures.
In what some are calling a "copycat" incident, a 63-year-old man was found in his burning car under a highway in Málaga on Thursday. According to Expatica, police are calling the incident an attempted suicide and believe the man was distraught over being unemployed.
The man was taken by helicopter to Carlos Haya hospital where he is still being treated for his injuries.
As the national debt in Spain has increased, the government has instituted spending cuts and tax hikes as part of austerity measures. The drastic cuts and across the board tax increases have sent the Spanish economy into a recession, as well as driving up unemployment.
According to Press TV, the Spanish government has faced harsh criticism over the austerity policies, which have hit the working and middle class the hardest. Unemployment in the county where the two men reside is currently near 25 percent.
A BBC report states there have been several cases of individuals resorting to suicide as poverty and unemployment continues to grow throughout the country.
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