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Seoul taxi driver sets himself alight in protest at ride-sharing app  

A second South Korean taxi driver has died after setting himself on fire inside his vehicle in protest at plans to introduce a cut-price ride-sharing service in Seoul.  

Images of a taxi on fire close to Gwanghwamun Station, in central Seoul, were widely shared in social media on Wednesday evening. The driver was pulled from the vehicle and treated at a nearby hospital for severe burns but died on Thursday morning, police told the Yonhap news agency.

Authorities have only identified the man by his last name, Lim, and are investigating in the belief that it was a suicide. 

Mr Lim’s death is the second being linked to plans to launch Kakao T Carpool, a car-sharing app that has been created by Kakao Corp, one of South Korea’s largest IT companies. 

In December, a 57-year-old driver with the family name Choi poured a flammable liquid over himself while behind the wheel of his car as it was parked outside the South Korean parliament and set fire to himself. 

In a suicide note, Mr Choi wrote, “I am sacrificing my life in the hopes that taxi drivers can earn livable wages one day”. 

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