How far can you go to protest losing your freedom?

For this Vietnam chie, he would rather be a dead man than be in jail.

According to Vietnamese authorities on Friday, the 68-year-old Bui Huu Tuan died on Thursday after lighting himself on fire in Hanoi to protest a prison sentence.

Tuan, 68, former chief of the village of Dao Ngan, in Hanoi’s Chuong My District, had recently been sentenced to five years for abusing power.

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But on the morning of July 4, he went outside the Central Citizen Reception Committee in Hanoi, poured gasoline on his body and set himself alight in protest of the conviction.

He suffered burns on 77% of his body, including deep burns into his muscles and skeleton.

Chairman of Hop Dong Commune’s People Committee, Tran Trinh, where the deceased lived, told the media that Bui Huu Tuan’s remains will be buried at his family tomb.

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