One more note left behind

A man shot himself yesterday in the very center of Athens. He is the latest in hundreds of suicides during and because of the crisis. Dimitris Christoulas  chose the place (Syntagma Square) and the time (rush hour) to pass his message. Many have called Christoulas “the Greek Bouazizi“. Christoulas’ message was handwritten on the note below.

The handwritten note that was found on Dimitris Christoulas

Here’s a translation of it:

The collaborationist Tsolakoglou government has annihilated my ability  for my survival, which was based on a very dignified pension that I alone (without any state sponsoring) paid for 35 years.

Since my advanced age does not allow me a way of a dynamic reaction (although if a fellow Greek was to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be the second after 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 (Piazza Loreto in Milan).

Note: Georgios Tsolakoglou was a Greek military officer who became the first Prime Minister of the Greek collaborationist government during the Axis Occupation in 1941-1942.

7 responses to “One more note left behind

  1. Greek democracy sucks

    To add to your post I remind you the young Czech student Jan Palach who set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square, Prague, then Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic, on 16 January 1969 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Palach), in order to protest against the “demoralization” of Czechoslovakian citizens caused by the Soviet occupation. His action became a wake up call.
    Christoulas’s termination of his own life seems to me as an act of protest. Not an act of desperation in any case.His last words and acts project a dignified spirit and a gentle soul. His death must become a wake up call for all of us. No nonsense this time.The state has fallen, we must prevent our society from falling too.

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  2. Alicia Stone

    that is so sad :(
    i just read this article on the whole greek economy
    http://half-bridge.blogspot.com/2011/12/greek-economic-problem-and-difficult.html
    it gave a difficult overall picture

    i hope things start to improve for all of europe

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  5. I find it interesting that the name “Greek Bouazizi” has been used to describe this man’s suicide. It highlights the parallels between the two states (one in Northern Africa, the other in Europe) which are often overlooked, chiefly because of the idea that there is a developed-developing world divide, which has become engrained in the Western mind. A 60 minutes piece on Greece, which included an interview of Yanis Varoufakis, referred to the protests as a resurfacing of a Greek nationalism that had laid dormant during the years of economic prosperity. While I disagree with the blanket-statement wording, it is a well-known fact that Greeks have been disappointed with their government for years, and they have grown frustrated with Germans calling them lazy, relaxed, and unaccountable and with the government officials putting much of the stress of austerity measures on the people who did pay their taxes and deserve their pensions. I hope that his final statement, “young people with no future,” insights the youth, που έχουν μείνει χωρίς μέλλον, not to take up arms, but assume responsibility for their nation’s future, and gather together under a unified goal, to protest not through violence, anger, and home-made hand grenades, as we have in the past, but for (at the risk of Obamafying this) real change.

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