June 16, 2024

A man embraced self-immolation outside of President Trump’s courthouse trial, held in Lower Manhattan on Friday. His document of motives brands it as an “extreme protest act repudiating a worldly multi-trillion-dollar pyramid fraud.”

Despite his intentional selection of the Trump trial venue for his act, the man’s demonstration seemed to be barely linked to the Trumps, and completely unrelated to the matters of Mr. Trump’s trial.

Authorities confirmed on Friday afternoon the occurrence of a self-immolation event at Collect Pond Park, situated next to the courthouse. The man was recognized as Maxwell Azarello, who was transported for immediate medical attention and was in a critical condition at the time.

“Naturally, we had a major incident that occurred across the courthouse area today,” expressed Tarik Sheppard, NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner. “We’ve been in contact with the mayor, Eric Adams, and the police commissioner.”

New York officers investigating a backpack found at the scene where a man inflicted self-immolation in a park nearby Manhattan criminal court, on April 19, 2024, in New York. AP/Mary Altaffer

Police reported that the man entered the park, removed leaflets from a bag, and scattered them around. He then doused himself with a flammable substance and ignited the flames.

Emergency responders and onlookers tried to extinguish the flames using coats at first, before using an extinguisher to put out the fire. According to law enforcement, the man currently is situated in a hospital burn unit, in critical condition.

Investigators revealed that the man had traveled to New York from St. Augustine, Florida, earlier this week, without his family’s knowledge of his whereabouts.

A man who introduced himself as Mr. Azzarello published a manifesto in a Substack post, titled, “I have set myself on fire outside the Trump Trial” at 1:35 pm. It was not possible for The Sun to independently verify if Mr. Azzarello had penned the post.

A metal can sits on the ground at the scene where a man lit himself on fire in a park outside Manhattan criminal court, Friday, April 19, 2024, at New York.A discarded metal can at the scene where a man ignited himself in a park adjacent to Manhattan’s criminal courthouse, on April 19, 2024. AP/Mary Altaffer

In the manifesto, the supposed author states, “We are victims of a totalitarian deception, and our own government and their allies are primed to unleash a catastrophic fascist global coup.”

The manifesto also alarms that the downfall of Silicon Valley Bank was contrived by billionaire Peter Thiel and linked to cryptocurrency or what he titles as the “first global multi-trillion-dollar pyramid fraud”. The author argues that cryptocurrency is driving global inflation and will crater “half the stock market” when it goes bankrupt.

The author’s manifesto meanders through concepts encompassing Covid, the Clintons, the late sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein, the Trumps, Harvard University, and “The Simpsons.”