US: Protestor engages in shocking act of self-immolation outside Trump Trial

The incident has happened at a park outside the courthouse, where protests of Trump's trial have been taking place since the beginning of this week.

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A shocking incident has been reported from the United States where a man set himself on fire outside the Manhattan courthouse on Friday. According to the media reports, the incident has happened where former US President Donald Trump's first criminal trial is ongoing. 

The incident has happened at a park outside the courthouse, where protests of Trump's trial have been taking place since the beginning of this week. Soon after this, ambulances reached the site where the man set himself on fire.

According to the New York Police Department the man set himself on fire has been identified as Maxwell Azzarello. Azzarello, who set himself on fire as a protest and an "act of revolution," identified himself as an "investigative researcher," and in from Florida and he arrived in New York sometimes earlier this week.

The videos surfaced on social media platforms shows that the man purportedly trying to put down the fire with a suit jacket, followed by another person with a fire extinguisher who put out the blaze. According to the witnesses, the man poured a flammable liquid on himself, asked the other person to stand back, then set himself ablaze. The man was making political statements before doing the act.

The cause of incident is not clear whether it is related to Trump's trial. Meanwhile, a full jury panel was chosen to hear the case.

According to the source, the procedure is designed to provide Trump the information he needs to decide whether or not to testify. Trump is charged with fabricating financial documents pertaining to a hush-money agreement he made with an adult film actress prior to the 2016 election. In this case, he entered a not guilty plea.