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Suicide, which lead to unrest in Greece
13:07 05.04.2012
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Protesters have clashed with police in the Greek capital, Athens, hours after a pensioner shot himself dead outside parliament.  The 77-year-old man killed himself in the city's busy Syntagma Square on Wednesday morning. – BBC reports. Greek media reported he had left a suicide note accusing the government of cutting his pension to nothing.

"The 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... 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."

Dozens of people left handwritten messages and flowers at the spot where the man killed himself. They were saying: "Enough is enough", "Who will be the next victim?"…
Later, as night fell, the demonstrations degenerated into clashes as activists threw rocks and petrol bombs at police, who responded with tear gas and flash grenades.

Prime Minister Lucas Papademos issued a statement, where it was said: "In these difficult hours for our society we must all - the state and the citizens - support the people among us who are desperate."

The man has not been officially identified but was named in Greek media as Dimitris Christoulas. He was said to be a retired chemist, with a wife and a daughter, who had sold his pharmacy in 1994.

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