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Former Alibaba Delivery Driver Who Set Himself on Fire Fuels Criticism of Gig Economy in China

HeadlineJan 13, 2021

In China, images of a delivery driver who set himself on fire to protest unpaid wages have gone viral. The driver previously worked for the e-commerce giant Alibaba. He can be heard in social media videos telling witnesses who rushed to his aid, “I want my blood and sweat money back.” His daughter has set up a crowdfunding page to help cover the cost of medical treatments for his severe burns.

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