A laid-off worker torched himself to death in protest against harassment by local government officials, residents in Fuzhou said. Chen Pengnan poured petrol over himself and stormed into the Fuzhou Industrial and Commercial Bureau. He then set fire to himself. A bureau vice-director, Tang Tongxu who argued with Chen, was reported to have been seriously injured. Two other bureau officials suffered minor injuries, a Fuzhou resident said. The resident said Chen had been laid off recently from a state firm and had tried to make a living by selling blankets outside his home. The resident said officials repeatedly tried to pressure him to stop his business. 'He became so frustrated that he went to the bureau to protest,' the resident said. The tragedy was the latest in a series of confrontations between the Fuzhou Municipal Government and residents. On Monday, about 100 residents occupied the reception office of the Fujian Provincial Government building to protest against a court ruling to remove them from their homes to make way for an urban redevelopment plan. Anti-riot police were called in late on Monday and threatened to drive them from the office by force. By Tuesday morning, the residents were still refusing to leave. They later agreed to hold negotiations with municipal officials at the city's property development office after being promised that their complaints would be heard. The residents demanded proper compensation, and said that apartments offered by the authorities were of poor quality and were too far away. They have until May to move out of their homes under the court's decision. When they went to the property development office to negotiate in the afternoon, they were told the authorities would not give them any extra compensation and they must accept what they had been offered. A lawyer who helped the residents said more protests were expected before May unless the authorities agreed to negotiate. 'Protests like these happen almost every day,' the lawyer said. 'Many people are unhappy at how the authorities have handled their complaints on issues like relocation and unemployment.'