A Senegalese woman set herself on fire in front of Rome's City Hall Saturday in what appeared to be a protest of Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade's visit to Italy, Reuters reported Saturday.
According to the report, the woman, identified as Kebe Peinda, a resident of northern Italy and an activist for the rights of Senegalese immigrants, survived the suicide attempt, and is in critical condition.
Dramatic video of the event, recorded by closed circuit security video, shows Peinda entering the plaza in front of Rome City hall, walking up to a group of police officers, and igniting into a human tower of flames.
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Officials told Italian state television RAI that the woman had also wanted to throw herself off a ledge and "wanted to kill herself at all costs."