2 avril 2002


Japanese Activist Commits Suicide in Protest

Monday, April 01 2002 @ 12:19 PM GMT

TOKYO (AP): A Japanese campaigner for Palestinian rights committed suicide by setting himself on fire in a Tokyo park to protest the Israeli security clampdown in the Middle East, a fellow activist said Monday.

Takao Himori, 54, poured gasoline over his body and set himself alight Saturday, said his friend Masao Adachi.

Police spokesman Koji Hata confirmed that a man burned to death over the weekend in the park, but refused to reveal his identity.

``People watching the cherry blossoms suddenly saw flames shoot up and called the police,'' Hata said.

Himori, a member of the activist group ``Voice,'' frequently participated in hunger strikes and candlelight vigils in support of the Palestinian cause, said Adachi.

After firefighters extinguished the flames, they asked Himori if the burns were self-inflicted, Adachi said, quoting a police report shown to family members.

``He nodded in assent, and died,'' Adachi said.

A number of Japanese activist groups held rallies Saturday, celebrated by Palestinians as ``Land Day,'' to protest Israel's crackdown on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Israeli forces kept Arafat trapped in his Ramallah office for a fourth day Monday, as they stepped up incursions in the West Bank.


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