The Greek Government continues to reap the benefits of its austerity measures, the latest dividend being the suicide of retired pharmacist Dimitris Christoulas. Dimitris left the following 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.
A Dutch writer, Jelle Bruinsma, has written ‘Shameless: how the media de-politicize the suicide on Syntagma’ in response to Dutch media treatment of the death. Apparently, it was rejected for publication by a left-wing Dutch website. It appears in English here and in the original Dutch here. Note that suicide and other social ills “are rising at an alarming rate” in Greece, along with popular resistance to Government policy, and so too state violence.