Pensioner suicide, will Greece follow Tunisia?

A suicide because of despair about poverty and repression by a young unemployed graduate in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, led ultimately to the fall of the Ben Ali dictatorship.

Will something somewhat similar happen in Greece now?

This video says about itself:

4 April 2012

A 77 year old pharmacist has committed suicide in Greece, saying the government has made it impossible for him to survive on his pension.

Hundreds of people saw the man shoot himself, sparking angry protests outside the parliament in Athens.

The case is casting a spotlight on the country’s spiralling suicide rate – as Caroline Malone reports.

Greece suicide: Tributes for retired pharmacist: here.

A 77-YEAR-old pensioner named as Dimitris Christoulas, an ex-owner of a chemist shop, shot himself in the head on Wednesday morning in Syntagma square in front of the Vouli (Greek parliament) in Athens. A note found on him stated: ‘The occupation government have crushed any possibility of survival based on a dignified pension which I had paid for 35 years’: here.

See also here.

A picture of a Tunisian young man gagged and handcuffed by a plain-clothed Italian police officer on-board an Alitalia flight to Tunis created uproar in the Italian media on Thursday, April 19: here.

13 thoughts on “Pensioner suicide, will Greece follow Tunisia?

  1. Greek seamen’s union calls strike after demobilising previous action

    The Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation of Greece has called a 48-hour strike for April 10-11 after suspending strike action by seamen two weeks ago. The workers originally struck in opposition to pension cuts and changes to collective labour contracts.

    The government of Prime Minister Lucas Papademos plans to move the seamen’s social insurance scheme, NAT, into a new scheme, EOPPY. Under new legislation, NAT pensioners have already had their pensions slashed by up to €500-€600 per month.

    Following verbal promises made by Development, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Anna Diamantopoulou, the strike was suspended on March 20. According to government sources the strike was beginning to have major repercussions as it was called off.

    The media are seeking to present the seamen as a group holding the country to ransom. Kathemerini commented this week, “it is unthinkable that a single group can so crudely undermine the Greek economy at such a difficult time” and called on the “union’s leadership” to “show the necessary maturity and responsibility.”


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