A man briefly set himself alight in front of “dictator” Donald Trump’s Washington hotel in protest at his presidency.
The demonstrator, apparently from California, told NBC: “We have a dictator that’s been elected … I was trying to light myself on fire…”
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) January 18, 2017
A loud bang could be heard coming from a burning pile of what looked like bags and clothes at the scene in Pennsylvania Avenue.
The man said The Donald was “completely incapable of respecting the constitution of the United States”.
Incident outside Trump International Hotel. Described as "a YouTube stunt gone wrong" by security officer. pic.twitter.com/TVmSBINYpt
— Nikki Laurenzo (@NikkiLaurenzo) January 18, 2017
The man, who remains unidentified, was taken to hospital for treatment to his burns.
Anti-Trump protesters have reportedly headed to Washington DC in their droves ahead of the presidential inauguration on Friday.
Fire in street in front of Trump hotel DC. Traffic on Penn. Ave being diverted. pic.twitter.com/XeexSuadvA
— Michael Shoag (@MikeShoag) January 18, 2017