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Athens funeral for suicide protester

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Athens funeral for suicide protester


Up to two thousand mourners attended the funeral of an elderly Greek man who shot himself in Athens apparently in protest at the government’s austerity measures.

Dimitris Christoulas shot himself in the head on Wednesday in Syntagma Square next to the Greek parliament.

His death reignited demonstrations against government policy. His daughter Emy spoke of her father’s consternation of what has happened in Greece:

“Father you could not grasp it when they took away our democracy, our freedom, our integrity. You could not grasp it when they surrounded us with a harsh social and economic apartheid. You could not understand why they handed over our sovereignty along with the keys to our country.”

Mourners at the non-religious service chanted political slogans such as “bread, education, liberty” and proclaimed Christoulas’ death as murder, not suicide.

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