Algerian Self-Immolation Mirrors Tunisian Protest

January 16, 2011 Updated: January 16, 2011

[xtypo_dropcap]A[/xtypo_dropcap]n Algerian man died from a self-immolation on Saturday in a protest against unemployment, Reuters Africa has reported.

Mohsen Bouterfif, 37, set himself on fire after pouring gasoline over himself on Thursday. He had earlier met with town officials and complained about his inability to find housing or employment.

The incident was one of four public attempted suicides in Algeria, mirroring a demonstration in neighboring Tunisia that plunged the country into chaos and sparked the collapse of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's government last Friday.

The death came as riots in many cities in Algeria, including its capital Algiers, have escalated over the past few weeks over rising food prices and unemployment. Two died and many more were injured in the protests, which have been increasingly prevalent in the Maghreb amid poor economic conditions.