Austerity Suicides: Debt the Ripper Stalks Europe

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Tesa Arcilla
April 4, 2012


Austerity Suicides: Debt the Ripper Stalks Europe
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Struggling with money has proven to be an unbearable burden for a Greek pensioner - who has shot himself dead in a square in central Athens. It's just one of a string of suicides across the EU, caused by financial desperation and the continuing, harsh austerity measures. RT's Tesa Arcilla reports from Brussels.

The 77-year-old Greek man 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.

The incident occurred around 9 am (local time), just outside a metro station, when the square was filled with people and commuters. The man took his life behind a big tree, which concealed him from most eyes. Greek media identify the man as Dimitris Christoulas. This is yet to be confirmed by the police. The pensioner appears to have been a retired pharmacist who owned a drugstore in Athens, which he sold in 1994, Costas Lourantos, the head of the Attica Pharmacist’s Association told Skai radio.

A suicide note has been been found on the old man, 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 and become a burden for my child."

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. In his note, the deceased forecasts the Greek government a fate similar to Benito Mussolini’s if they continue robbing young people of their future. The Italian dictator’s body hung in Milan for public view several days after his execution in April 1945.

“Young people without a future will one day take up arms and hang the traitors upside down in Syntagma Square, as the Italians did to Mussolini in 1945,” the message reportedly reads.

“Syntgama” is a Greek word for “constitution”. Syntagma Square, where the elderly man committed suicide, lies in front of the Greek Parliament.

In the evening, hundreds of protesters made their way across the street from the square to outside Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, chanting: "This was not a suicide, it was a state-perpetrated murder" and "Blood flows and seeks revenge.”


2012 / 04 / 06
john says:


2012 / 04 / 06
Second hand smoke says:

Zardoz gave you the gun.Theres too much brutality.

2012 / 04 / 07
Darryl says:

Grab your gun's gather your people and start killing bankers, there is no other way people. Finally our revolution has come!

2012 / 04 / 09
Mike Corbeil says:

John and Darryl are lunies.

The Greek pensioner's note referring to the ending of Benito Mussolini is ..., interesting, let's just say. Such revolutions are apparently called for, or justifiable anyway, today; just that I wouldn't want to see it acted out like a violent civil war. Instead, a strong democratic revolution by the populations of voters succeeding in cleaning the governments out of the corrupt politicians would be great and is absolutely needed. That, however, would require at least large majorities of voters to cease electing candidates who haven't been carefully vetted and those who we can and should already know can't be vetted, for they've already proven that they're of criminal sorts; mostly, anyway. Maybe some have proven to be incompetent without being criminal per se, but a population definitely shouldn't support incompetency in politics and law, either.

2012 / 04 / 11
Petermcnab says:

'John' and 'Darryl' are provocateurs, who arent even good at what they do.
Tax dollars wasted in the attempt to radicalize, and they are not even good at that :/

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