A farmer set himself ablaze in the middle of a busy street after local government officials went back on a promise to pay him for land they had appropriated to build a new highway.

Qiang Yuan, 45, squatted down just outside the council building, poured fuel on himself and then set it alight – turning himself into a human fireball in front of horrified shoppers.

Incredibly, he remained seated even as the flames blackened his skin.

Shocked shopper Wen Ko said: ‘I was just about to go into a store when I heard people start screaming. 

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