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Suicide Sparks New Protests in Athens

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Posted on Apr 5, 2012

Greek police officers and protesters fill the streets outside parliament Wednesday night.

After 77-year-old Greek retiree Dimitris Christoulas fatally shot himself in front of the parliament building in Athens on Wednesday, Greek protesters’ ire again exploded over the austerity measures that the government has implemented to save the country from economic ruin while sacrificing citizens’ funds along the way.


In the alleged suicide note, found by police and reported by Athens News, he said: “The government has annihilated all traces for my survival, which was based on a very dignified pension that I alone paid for 35 years with no help from the state.

“And since my advanced age does not allow me a way of dynamically reacting… I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life, so I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for my sustenance.”

Dozens of people left handwritten messages and flowers at the spot where Mr Christoulas killed himself.

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By Maani, April 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

Could Dimitris Christoulas become Europe’s Mohamed Bouazizi?

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By grokker, April 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment

So true, jimmmmmy. There has been an inordinate number of suicides as of late among U.S. soldiers, and let’s not forget 200,000 suicides of Indian farmers largely because of Monsanto’s fascist agricultural takeover there. I would like to think that MSM coverage would call more attention to this, but the average American would rather direct their limited attention span to DWTS or American Idol.

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By jimmmmmy, April 6, 2012 at 9:37 am Link to this comment

This is Gandhi’s style of pacifism. When this begins to get public coverage in the staete things may start to change. Right now though, suicides caused by the 1%ers are being covered up in the U.S. Several articles posted yesterday in Britain about how suicides ramp up under so called conservative, fascist, or police state governess.

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By vector56, April 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment

Point taken…

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By vector56, April 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

Surfboy; your response seems to have nothing to do with why Dimitris Christoulas took his own life???

Could it be that your brain is wired so different that “empathy” for another human being is truly beyond your capabilities?

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