There were conflicting reports about the reasons why a young Turkish man burned himself in the center of Istanbul a few days ago, who later died in an incident that sparked great controversy on social media, especially with passers-by and tourists taking pictures with the young man before he set himself on fire, instead of prevent him from doing so.
The 28-year-old Abdullah Jihad Turan Bekbek received treatment in a hospital located in central Istanbul for more than 3 days, but his wounds were severe and as a result he died despite all the attempts of doctors in the hospital to which he was transferred after burning himself in front of the Galata Tower in central Istanbul.
Although the governor of Istanbul opened an investigation into the incident, he did not announce its results or the reasons why the young man committed suicide by self-immolation.
Young man not getting a job
Sources told Al-Arabiya.net that “Baikbek did not suffer from any psychological problems”, at a time when local media denied that the causes of suicide were related to unemployment or the young man’s failure to find a job.
The young man had set himself on fire in a tourist area in central Istanbul, while dozens of pictures were taken with him as he was preparing to commit suicide by self-immolation.
Other photos also showed passers-by and tourists taking pictures with him while his body was devastated by fire, without anyone trying to save him in those moments.
A video circulated on social media showed the young man who passed away, as if he was giving a theatrical performance. He raised his hand before he fell to the ground and rose again, to repeat this more than once. Al Arabiya.net refrained from publishing the video due to its ugliness.
Although workers from a nearby café tried to put out the fires with tools to put out the fires, this did not help him.
An economist and financial expert denied that unemployment and the recent high rates of inflation in Turkey were the reason behind Beybek’s suicide.
Khairy Kozanoglu only described the victim as a “fanatic” without providing further details, stressing that the motives for his suicide were not related to the economic crisis in the country, according to his knowledge.
Human rights organizations and parties opposed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for revealing the circumstances of the suicide of the young Turkish man.
In recent years, Turkey has witnessed several suicides due to the economic crisis in the country.
More than two years ago, the Turkish citizen, Adam Yarigi, burned his life at the gates of the headquarters of the state of Hatay (Antakya) in southwestern Turkey, denouncing his difficult living conditions. Before his suicide, he shouted, “I can no longer feed my children,” according to a video clip at the time. .
In contrast to the incident of burning Bikbek, passers-by at the time tried to rescue Yarigi and save his life after he poured gasoline and set himself on fire, but he died in a government hospital in Hatay a few days later.