Greece: suicide to protest pension cuts

Greece: suicide to protest pension cuts

Athens : Greece | Apr 05, 2012 at 7:03 PM PDT
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Greek Pensioners End Their Lives - Ravaging Greek Politics - April - 4th - 2012

On 5-4, the Greek public stir when a man committed suicide to protest the government cut pensions. Violence broke out as protesters clashed with police in the capital Athens.

According to the Guardian, Dimitris Christoulas retired pharmacist, 77, shot himself in the head 4-4 am at Syntagma Square, the Greek Parliament building about 100 meters. Witnesses said the man appeared from the crowd in the square, shouting, "I owe, I can not take it anymore", "I do not want to give their children the debt." He then opened fire.

In the suicide note, he accused the government Christoulas cut off his pension. "The government has eliminated all my way of life, all based on precious pension that I have played himself in 35 years ...I do not want to rummage through trash to survive. "

Just hours after his suicide Christoulas, people poured into the street protests in Athens. AFP said in the handwritten message is shared on the street, some people ask the question "Who will be the next victim." Crowd of thousands gathered in his area on 4-4 Christoulas suicide memorial flowers and candles bad man. They were angry accusations "this is not a suicide but a murder that the culprit is the state".

The police had fired tear gas and grenades emit light when demonstrations turned into riots. Many young people threw stones and petrol bombs outside the parliament building. Police blocked the street in front of Parliament. Reuters said the survey, the rate of suicide in Greece in 2010 increased 18% over the previous year.Particularly in the capital Athens, this ratio increased by 25%.

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Greek pensioners demonstrated against spending cuts in Athens last week
Greek pensioners demonstrated against spending cuts in Athens last week
Le Thi Bich Lan is based in Vũng Tàu, Đông Nam Bộ, Vietnam, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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