A cash-strapped Greek pensioner shot and
killed himself outside parliament in Athens on Wednesday saying he
refused to scrounge for food in the rubbish, touching a nerve among
ordinary Greeks feeling the brunt of the country's economic crisis.
The public suicide by the 77-year-old retired pharmacist quickly triggered
an outpouring of sympathy in a country where one in five is jobless and a
sense of national humiliation has accompanied successive rounds of
salary and pension cuts.
Just hours after the death, an impromptu
shrine with candles, flowers and hand-written notes protesting the
crisis sprung up in the central Syntagma square where the suicide
occurred. Dozens of bystanders gathered to pay their respects.
One note nailed to a tree said "Enough is enough", while another asked "Who will be the next victim?".
The "Indignant" protesters, who have turned out in the thousan
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