Cairo Fears Looming Unrest in Wake of Protest Self-Immolation

ilitary and members of the Egyptian police force stand guard outside the El-Mosheer Tantawy Mosque ahead of the memorial ceremony held by EgyptAir for realtives and family members of EgyptAir staff on flight MS804 on May 23, 2016 in Cairo, Egypt.
Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi’s regime has been bracing for unrest following the self-immolation of a taxi driver on Saturday in protest of the soaring cost of living. Witnesses said that Ashraf Mohammed Shaheen, 30, set himself on fire in front of an army center in Sidi Gaber, east Alexandria, after criticizing the government and the country’s high prices. One eyewitness told the New Arab that passers-by rushed to put out the fire and called an ambulance, which took him to Amiri Hospital. The directorate of health affairs in Alexandria issued a statement, saying the man, Ashraf Mohammed Shaheen, was a 30 year old taxi driver from Kafr El Dawar. “The man’s condition is serious – he poured (gasoline) on himself, causing burns to more than 95 per cent of his body. “Another man named Abdul Alim Muhammad Abdul Alim, 32, was injured while trying to save him. Dr. Tarek Khalifa, the hospital director, said “his condition is in a dangerous situation. “The ambulance brought a young man suffering from third-degree burns all over his body, and carried out the necessary first aid, but that.” “A large proportion of burnt tissue has been destroyed , and this requires long-term treatment.”