Widows of suicide victims protest in Bologna

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Widows of suicide victims protest in Bologna

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Widows of men who apparently committed suicide because of Italy’s economic crisis have taken part in a march in Bologna.

The women gathered outside a tax office in the city, where an unemployed bricklayer set fire to himself in March.

United in grief, the widows called for the government to step in and do more for those struggling to make ends meet.

“Giuseppe apologised in a letter, because he couldn’t pay his debts. This was Giuseppe, a very good person,” said Tiziana Marrone, widow of the man who killed himself outside the tax office.

According to one report, more 70 people have committed suicide in Italy since January because of financial problems.

Italians are facing rising living costs, new taxes and austerity cuts, as the country attempts to get its accounts in order.