Man self-harms at Sydney immigration office

Emergency services attend the scene at Lee Street Sydney.            
    
              
     
     
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Emergency services attend the scene at Lee Street Sydney. Show Gri

A protester lit himself on fire Friday outside the Sydney headquarters of Australia's Department of Immigration, New South Wales authorities said.

Emergency services were called to the building on Lee Street about 1.30pm today after a man aged in his 30's, who suffers mental illness, doused himself in petrol.

Police were ready with a fire extinguisher and extinguished the flames.

According to police Superintendent David Donohue, the man was "deeply disturbed and upset" and "would have killed himself" if police hadn't intervened, the Guardian reported.

The man is now in hospital and is being assessed for both his injuries and his health condition. His nationality was not immediately disclosed, and it was not clear whether he was a legal immigrant or an asylum seeker.

In May 2016, Somali refugee Hodan Yasin set herself alight while in immigration detention in Nauru.

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