Terrible scenes on Tuesday afternoon on Alexanderplatz! A trans person set himself on fire there around 1:20 p.m., as the police confirmed to BZ.
Witnesses alerted the police. According to witnesses, the 40-year-old person doused himself with a flammable liquid in front of a Galeria Kaufhof branch and then set himself on fire. You did not call anything, said witnesses.
Employees from the branch immediately stormed outside and put out the burning person with a fire extinguisher.
The trans person was seriously injured, but her life is not in danger.
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A rescue helicopter was on duty, but she was taken to a clinic in an ambulance.
A large area of Alexanderplatz is cordoned off. “There is no evidence of an extremist act,” said a spokesman for the Berlin police.
Reporting on suicide
BZ usually does not report suicides in order to avoid incentives for imitation – unless the circumstances give particular attention to suicides.
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