The Horrifying Moment Mongolian Union Boss Sets Fire To Himself In Protest To Coal Mine Sales

WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT

This is the shocking moment a trade union leader set himself on fire in protest at the sale of coal mines in Mongolia. 

The man, whose name is not known, had organised a press conference to discuss conditions faced by miners in the country and the sale of the mines to China. 

However, as you can see in the horrifying video below, after beginning to address the room, he suddenly sets himself alight.

The men to the his right, who are hold placards, appear visibly shocked as flames begin to engulf his body. 

Seconds earlier, the man closest to him is seen looking confused as the union leader appears to cover himself in a clear liquid.  

He is heard saying: “The government no longer supports our company, families of the workers are forced to starve, this is why I will burn myself for the people of Mongolia and our children." 

Flames engulf the union leader (CEN)

Other workers had told the media that miners working for Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi, which has 39 coal mines across the country, were already struggling to feed themselves and their families. 

They alleged that now Chinese company TTJVCo has taken over, things will get worse for staff. 

Members of the media, who had assembled in Ulaanbaatar in north-eastern Mongolia, are heard screaming as the flames quickly spread over the man’s body.

The man falls to the floor (CEN)

The burning man stands and then collapses to the floor seconds later. 

Eventually, someone arrives with a fire extinguisher and the fire is put out, but not before the man suffered severe burns.  

He has been taken to a local hospital where his condition is described as critical – although he is still alive.