Tunisian striker, Nizar Issaoui has died after setting himself on fire in protest against ‘police injustice’.
Issaoui, a former player for US Monastir, set himself on fire outside a police station on Thursday.
According to reports, Nizar was accused of being a ‘terrorist’ by the police after he complained that he was unable to buy bananas for less than 10 dinars ($3.30; £2.66) a kilogram, double the price set by the government.
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The father of four had published a video on Facebook saying he was protesting as he had been falsely accused of terrorism in Haffouz, Kairouan, central Tunisia.
“For a dispute with someone selling bananas at 10 dinars, I get accused of terrorism at the station. Terrorism for a complaint about bananas… I have no more energy. Let the police state know that the sentence will be executed today.”
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The player, who suffered a third-degree burn was unable to survive after being rushed to the hospital. Issaoui’s brother, Ryad said he was buried yesterday
His death however triggered a series of protests around the country. During the footballer’s funeral demonstrators were seen throwing stones at police who fired tear gas.
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