Wednesday, April 4, 2012

#Greece #DimitrisChristoulas Suicide:Video - Pensioner shoots himself at Greek Parliament, refuses to 'search for food in garbage' (PHOTOS)

A 77-year-old Greek man has committed suicide in central Athens by the nation’s parliament, shooting himself with a handgun in apparent financial desperation.

Eyewitness reports say that the man shouted “So I won’t leave debts for my children” before turning the gun on himself. Others claimed he said nothing.

Greek state media reports the man left a suicide note saying “The Tsolakoglou government has annihilated all traces for my survival. And since I cannot find justice, I cannot find another means to react besides putting a decent end [to my life], before I start searching the garbage for food."

Georgios Tsolakoglou headed the Greek collaborationist government during the German occupation of Greece in the Second World War.

The note has been widely regarded as drawing a parallel between Lucas Papademos’ current collaborationist government and Tsolakoglou’s regime because of the economic crisis in the country.

The suicide note as released by the Greek newspaper Proto Thema (Image courtesy:
The suicide note as released by the Greek newspaper Proto Thema (Image courtesy:
The incident occurred around 9 am (local time) in Syntagma Square, just outside a metro station, when the area was filled with people and commuters. The man took his life behind a big tree, which concealed him from most eyes. Two people sitting on a bench some 10 meters away have been questioned by the police. An investigation into a motive has been opened.
Some reports identify the man as Dimitris Christoulas. This has not been confirmed by the police.
The pensioner appears to have been a pharmacist who owned a drugstore in Athens, which he later had to sell, Constantinos Lourantos, the head of the Attica Pharmacist’s Association told Skai radio.
The shocked Greek community is issuing calls for a "Syntagma afternoon" later on Wednesday. Motorcyclists are planning a protest ride around the capital starting at 17:30 local time (14:30 GMT).

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