An unnamed man got burned while starting a fire outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
He told NBC reporter Shomari Stone that he had been trying to light himself on fire as a form of protest against President-elect Donald Trump.
“I was trying to set myself on fire as an act of protest,” the man says in the video. “Protesting the fact that we’ve elected somebody incapable of respecting the Constitution of the United States.”
He suffered serious but non-life threatening burns and was taken to the hospital.
Fire dept puts out fire where man self immolation in front of Trump Hotel DC. He put fire out himself before walking to police. pic.twitter.com/10g5SKXiUJ— Michael Shoag (@MikeShoag) January 18, 2017
Anti-Trump protests have occurred in one form or another throughout the United States during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign as well as in the wake of his victory.
What's more, at least 26 protest groups are seeking or have been granted permits for protests in D.C. over inauguration weekend.
Many activists, angry over Trump's comments on minority groups as well as women, began a week of protests with marches on January 14.
“We march in the driving rain because we want the nation to understand that what has been fought for and gained, that you’re going to need more than one election to turn it around,” said civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Nearly 400,000 demonstrators are expected to flood the capital for Trump's inauguration. More than half of the protesters and demonstrators are expected to be in the Women's March on Washington, a coalition of civil and human rights advocates, scheduled to parade through the city the day after the inauguration itself.
Washington, D.C., officials say they're preparing for at least a million visitors to the city for the inauguration and protests.
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