According to a dispatch from the Ansa news agency published on Sunday, a 38-year-old man “sprayed himself with flammable liquid and set himself on fire in Oderzo (province of Treviso) after the carabinieri notified him of a sanction administrative because he had been caught at work without a vaccination pass".
However, on social networks, the photo that illustrates certain publications is hijacked.
It comes from a mini series produced by HBO Europe in 2013, which traces the story of Jan Palach, who died during the Prague Spring.
The photo is striking.
In the middle of a square, we see a man on fire.
In the accompanying tweet, which had received more than 3,700 likes at the time of our article's publication, a netizen claims that the scene takes place in Treviso, Italy.
He would have “set himself on fire because of a fine for not having a vaccination pass during his working time in his office”.
The Internet user adds: “Two workers in five days.
It is the dictatorship in Italy”.
🇮🇹 Another man today in Treviso, near Venice, set himself on fire because of a fine for not having a vaccine passport during his working time in his office.
Two workers in 5 days.
It is the dictatorship in Italy.
— BAN 🎖🎖🎖 (@BAN05063867) February 6, 2022
The news item is real, but the accompanying photo is taken out of context.
“Fine because he worked health pass: a 38-year-old man set himself on fire on the public highway”, headlined, Sunday, February 6, the news site TGcom24 from a dispatch from the agency. press Ansa, the Italian equivalent of AFP.
“A 38-year-old Pakistani citizen doused himself with flammable liquid and set himself on fire in Oderzo (Treviso) after the carabinieri notified him of an administrative sanction because he had been caught at work without a health pass.
Rescued by soldiers, the man suffered burns and was taken to hospital.
His vital prognosis has not been engaged, ”explains the article.
Il Corriere della Sera
Il Corriere della Sera
specifies the sequence of events: "Friday [February 4], the carabinieri, after a check, imposed a fine on the man who did not have the health pass and therefore could not stay in the establishment.
Contrary to this decision, the man reopened his restaurant on Saturday, facing a fine after the carabinieri caught him working.
At that moment, seized with anger, he took a flammable liquid and set himself on fire.
Contrary to what the viral tweet indicates, the victim is not an office worker.
"The incident occurred outside a kebab, where the victim works," says Ansa.
In Italy, the vaccination pass has been compulsory for workers and customers in the catering sector – in particular – since January 10.
This obligation also concerns all employees over the age of 50.
A twisted photo
Beyond this imprecision, the photo that illustrates several publications on social networks is confusing.
It is not linked to the Oderzo news item, since it comes from a series created by HBO Europe in 2013 on Jan Palach, a 20-year-old Czech activist who set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square during the Prague Spring on January 16, 1969. At the time of its release, the Swiss daily
illustrated an article devoted to the series with this shot.
Finally, the viral tweet mentions a second case of immolation in Italy.
According to several publications, a similar incident took place a few days earlier in the province of Cosenza, in Calabria.
But the information was denied by the family of the teacher concerned to journalists from Checknews (
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