Greece: Protest of the day

Published on Real-World Economic Review Blog RWER, by David Ruccio, April 6, 2012.

First: the hand written text in greek … //

… Here is a translation of the note left by Dimitris Christoulas, the 77-year-old retired pharmacist who committed suicide in the middle of Syntagma Square on 4 April:

  • The occupying Tsolakoglou government has annulled even the last means of my survival, a dignified pension funded by me alone (without any support from State) for 35 years of my life.
  • Given that my age does not grant me the individual possibility of a forceful reaction (although if a fellow Greek were to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be right behind him) I see no other solution than a dignified end, before I start picking up the garbage to find something to eat.
  • I believe that our youth with no future, will one day pick up their arms and hang the traitors of this Nation upside down at Syntagma square, just like the Italians did to Mussolini in 1945 (Piazza Loreto, Milan).

(full text, Notes and comments).

Links:

Dimitris Christoulas and the legacy of his suicide for Greece: It’s hard to see a new movement emerging out of this awful death, but it serves to bring home the human cost of austerity, on The Guardian, by Maria Margaronis, April 5, 2012: … Greece used to have the lowest suicide rate in Europe; the official number has doubled since the crisis began …

Riots erupt in Greece after martyr shoots himself over debt crisis, on Mail Online (inkl. video, 1.30 min), by Nick McDermott and Daniel Martin, April 5, 2012.

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