On Thursday evening, Tunisian football player Nizar Al-Issawi died after setting himself on fire in front of a police station in the city of Hafouz, Kairouan Governorate, in the center of the country.
And local media, including Radio Mosaique, reported that al-Issawi, 35, died in hospital from third-degree burns after dousing his body in gasoline and then setting it on fire last Monday.
And on his official Facebook page, he posted a video in which he documented the suicide attempt, stressing that the reason for setting his body on fire was that he had been falsely accused of a terrorist case after an argument between him and a banana seller.
In the video, he said that his reasons for doing so were that he was “experienced with injustice after he filed a complaint with the security authorities following an argument between him and a banana seller.”
Al-Issawi added: “I wanted to draw the attention of the police to the fact that one of the sellers broke the law by selling bananas at a price higher than the state price, so my punishment was that they accused me of terrorism and involved me in a case in which I had nothing to do.”
The incident caused congestion and tension among the residents of the city of Hafouz, as a large number of citizens gathered in front of the center after Al-Issawi’s suicide attempt.