Monday, January 08, 2007

Anti-war Protester Burns Self to Death

Yes. Exactly what it says. No, they're not gonna talk about it on the evening news. His name was Malachi Ritscher.

In December 2002, the city of Chicago dedicated a statue called 'The Flame of the Millennium'-- a seven-ton, stainless-steel, abstract rendering of a flame in high wind, standing over the Kennedy Expressway, just west of the downtown Loop. Last Friday, November 3, the statue appeared to be on fire. When authorities got there, they found a video camera, a canister of gasoline, a sign reading 'Thou Shalt Not Kill', and a human body so badly charred that it was impossible to determine its sex. Someone had self-immolated, near a highway off-ramp, amid rush-hour traffic.

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