Suicide in Greece leads to protests

A 77 year old man, apparently distraught over cuts to his pension, committed suicide and left a note blasting politicians for the sorry state of affairs in Greece. CNN: Greeks paid tribute Thursday to an elderly man who took his own life in central Athens in an apparent response to the hardship caused by the austerity crisis. Flowers, candles and handwritten sympathy notes sat by a tree in Syntagma Square, where Dimitris Christoulas committed suicide Wednesday morning. One message left reads, "This is not suicide, this is murder." Another says, "Government of murderers." [...] The retiree's suicide comes as the country prepares for elections that could be held as soon as May, and amid wide public anger about the austerity measures being imposed by the coalition government. Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos expressed his regret Wednesday in a statement issued by his office. "It is tragic when a fellow human being takes his own life. In those difficult times for our society we...(Read Full Post)