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article image61-year-old pensioner hangs himself in Athens, Greece

By Anne Sewell     May 30, 2012 in World
Athens - In the continuing crushing austerity in Greece, yet another suicide has been reported. The 61-year-old could not carry on any longer.
The Athens Times has reported that the man's lifeless body was found hanging in a public park, not far from his home in Nikaia, Athens. A park attendant found the pensioner and also a suicide note which was in the man's pocket.
The man, who identified himself as Alexandros wrote:
"The police does not know me. I have never touched a drink in my life. Of women and drugs I have never even dreamed of. I have never been to a kafenio (coffee house), I just worked all day! But I committed one horrendous crime: I became a professional at age 40 and I plunged myself in debt. Now, I’m an idiot of 61 years and I have to pay. I hope my grandchildren are not born in Greece, seeing as there will be no Greeks here from now on. Let them at least know another language, because Greek will be wiped off the map! Unless of course there was a politician with Thatcher’s balls so as to put us and our state in line.
Signed, Alexandros 29/5/2012”
His neighbours described Alexandros as a father of two and a former electrician who once had his own business. Difficult times caused him to close the shop. He then tried working as a contractor, including work on a ship, but was struggling to get by.
They saw him sitting in the park on Tuesday in his work overalls. No one knew that he was on the verge of taking his own life.
Suicides in Greece are becoming a common phenomenon, with a 42-year-old jumping from the 5th storey of a hospital in Chania, Crete on Tuesday. The man had apparently lost his job a few days before.
Digital Journal recently reported on the 60-year-old Greek musician and his 91-year-old mother who jumped to their deaths from their fifth floor apartment, as the man was unable to support them any longer.
In April, the suicide of a 77-year-old who shot himself in central Athens in front of Parliament sparked protests and violent clashes in the city.
Police used flash grenades and tear gas to fight back protesters who blamed the crushing austerity for the man's suicide.
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