Apr 042012

Today, 4th of April 2012, at 9:00 am, a 77 year old retired pharmacist shot himself in the middle of Syntagma Square. In his suicide note he wrote:

“The Government of Occupied Forces nullified any traces of my own survival, and because I cannot prove my right, I cannot find another reaction to struggle, except from a decent end, before I start searching for my food in garbage”.

“This was a symbolic suicide. If it hadn΄t happened here, in the square, in front of parliament, no one would notice,” said one bystander, who declined to give his name but heard the shots from across the square.

Right now, there are calls circulating for a peaceful gathering tonight on Syntagma Square at 18:00. Also, demonstrations are called all over the country and the slogan “We won’t let Capitalism kill us” is being raised everywhere.

This is the suicide note left behind by the man who ended his life at Syntagma Square this morning…

“The occupation government of Tsolakoglou* literally annihilated any possibility of my survival, which was based on a decent pension for which 35 years, I was paying (without any state aid).

I am of an age which does not give me the possibility of individual dynamic response (but of course I cannot rule out the possibility that if one Greek picked up a kalashnikov, I would  follow), I cannot find any other solution than a decent end, before I start searching the trash for food.

I believe that the young people without a future, will one day take up arms and in Syntagma  Square, they will hang the national traitors upside down, as the Italians did to Mussolini in 1945 (Piazza Poreto in Milan)”.

Another translation of the suicide note from the Athens News:

“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″ (Source: The Athens News)





UPDATE III: A beautiful eulogy by Dimitris Christoulas’s daughter:

My father’s handwritten not left on room for misinterpretation. He has been a leftist activist throughout his life, a selfless visionary.

This specific act of his ending is a conscious political act, entirely consistent with his beliefs and actions during his lifetime. In our country, Greece, they are killing the self-evident.

For some, for ‘the stubborn children of the chimera”, in such a situation, suicide seems to be the obvious act, not as a getaway, but as an awakening scream.

For this reason, it (the suicide) takes on another meaning, the meaning of that song we first sang together, at the concert of our beloved Mikis (Theodorakis), in 1975, the song we always sang at our own celebrations and for our own dead … Go to sleep father and I am heading to my brothers and sisters with your voice.

This is the only thing you were dreaming for the youth and I think you’ve accomplished it. At the site where you left, there is a not of a youth: “The name of the dead today is Democracy … But it’s 11 million of us that are still alive and our name is Resistance.”

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