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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Meanwhile at UW

posted by on October 30 at 13:25 PM

From Slog tipper Benjamin:

I work at the UW and have a view of red square from my office. Someone apparently just lit themselves on fire in red square. We saw lots of white smoke and a large crowd. The fire is out and someone is down. Fire department and ambulance have arrived and are taking the person away. No word on motivation, protest, or anything. Can’t see much but the current webcam pic is here:


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Am I the only one singing Disco Inferno?

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | October 30, 2008 1:28 PM

Well that's not totally fucked up or anything.

Posted by heywhatsit | October 30, 2008 1:29 PM

Someone is really really angry that UW went Red now aren't they?

Whatever happened to picketing or chanting for protest purposes.

College kids... so damn dramatic and all

Posted by Reality Check | October 30, 2008 1:34 PM


Posted by poonanny | October 30, 2008 1:40 PM

Bad mix of Mid-Terms and Halloween. Sigh. UW makes some classes so boring...

Posted by Brian L | October 30, 2008 1:41 PM

More info from komo along with image from helicopter of aftermath:

Posted by zephsright | October 30, 2008 1:42 PM

Maybe he had planned this for months but did it now becuase the price of gas has finally come down a bit.

Posted by kinaidos | October 30, 2008 1:42 PM

The folks are flaming, out of control
It was so entertaining, when the boogie started to explode

Posted by Hernandez | October 30, 2008 1:44 PM

Well THAT will be one for the Red Square interesting image capture archives

Posted by Non | October 30, 2008 1:59 PM

@7 probably!

Posted by eustaceia | October 30, 2008 2:00 PM

UofW also has a live video feed of the Square (broadcasted on HuskyTV internally). Investigators should be able to see it unfold

Posted by Non | October 30, 2008 2:01 PM

I'm betting it's someone from the editorial board of the UW Daily.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 30, 2008 2:03 PM

Have any of you ever seen videos from the Vietnam wear where people who have been napalmed run screaming in agony while they burn?
That type of pain is what this person experienced. I think it is dusgusting that it amuses you. You lack even normal compassion let alone empathy.

Posted by inkweary | October 30, 2008 2:09 PM

Uh, this guy set himself on fire. Hard to feel compassion or empathy for someone who deliberately inflicts that kind of pain on himself.

Posted by wait a sec... | October 30, 2008 2:45 PM
The story just got stranger:

when he saw three or four men in the center of Red Square. They were kneeling or sitting down, and then it looked like something went wrong...All of the men then left except for the man who was on fire...The sleeve of one of the men who ran off also was on fire.

Posted by Gay Seattle | October 30, 2008 3:32 PM

I read this post and immediately this came to mind.

Posted by Syd | October 30, 2008 3:41 PM

superwill in seattle @12

you aren't funny. give it up & STFU.

Posted by you fucking douche | October 30, 2008 9:09 PM

Fuck compassion for someone who deliberately inflicts that on a human being (himself in this case). And the asshole also inflicted the sight of a burnt-up still alive body being hauled away on everyone around.

Posted by Luke Baggins | October 31, 2008 12:17 PM

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