Α 77-y.o shot himself in the head
in full view of passersby
at Syntagma square,
across Parliament in Athens Greece.
#Greece has seen suicide rates rise
by 40% in past 2 yrs,
apprx. 2000 people took their own lives.
The 77 years old man walked
down the steps that lead to the
square where during
all summer of 2011
millions of people demonstrated
and revolted against Ιnequality,
Totalitarianism and Exploitation
and shot his head!
His death was instantaneous
Police and ambulance
came at the spot.
The people around the square
applauded the dead body,
crying and shouting
"this where you get with
all these measures".
During that moments
a direct witness of the event
he heared the old man shouting:
"I don't want
to leave debt to my children"!
his pockets to identify him
and they collected the gun
that he used to end his life.
They found also a message in his pockets that was written:
"The Tsolakoglou 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 (although if a fellow Greek were to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be right behind him), 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. I believe that young people with no future, will one day take up arms and hang the traitors of this country at Syntagma square, just like the Italians did to Mussolini in 1945"
People gather at the square...
*Georgios Tsolakoglou was the first collaborationist prime minister during Germany's occupation of Greece during the Second World War.
The reference has been widely interpreted as a comparison between the wartime collaborationist government and the current government of Lucas Papademos.
The suicide occured shortly before 9am, as people went about their business on the square. Christoulas, 77, shot himself while standing next to a tree on one of the grassy areas on the square. He died from a single shot to the head, reports say.
He was a retired pharmacist, with a wife and a daughter. He sold his pharmacy in 1994.