Greece: Capitalism kills at Syntagma square.

Dimitris Christoulas, the man who took his own life using a pistol on Syntagma Square, in central Athens, on Wednesday morning, left a suicide note:
“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″   the note said.
Dimitris Christoulas, was a retired pharmacist, who sold his business in 1994. He has a wife and daughter. According to friends and neighbours, he was involved in the wider leftwing movement. He left behind a suicide note addressed to his daughter, who subsequently spoke to Ta Nea. She said: “The contents of the note, the political content of his act, is the voice of my father.” In the note, Christoulas compared the present government with wartime collaborationists and, with his pension reduced to nothing, he had been given no choice to end his life with dignity.
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.
Over a thousand people gathered in Syntagma Square, opposite parliament. on Wednesday evening, around the spot where Dimitris Christoulas had earlier ended his own life in despair over financial problems apparently linked to the economic crisis.
Responding to a call made over social networking sites, people from all corners of Attica started to gather in Syntagma to protest beneath the banner “Let’s not get used to death”.
“The way he chose is a statement of a political position and stance. If this man had killed himself at home there would not have been such a stir, as there had not been for the previous 1900 suicides. It is an incident that we must look at among many other incidents of suicide in our country, the country of sun and laughter,” the head of the Attica Pharmacists’ Association Kostas Lourantos said in statements to the AMNA.

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