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Austerity Suicides: Debt the Ripper Stalks Europe

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Struggling with money has proven to be an unbearable burden for a Greek pensioner - who has shot himself dead in a square in central Athens. It's just one of a string of suicides across the EU, caused by financial desperation and the continuing, harsh austerity measures. RT's Tesa Arcilla reports from Brussels.

The 77-year-old Greek man committed suicide in central Athens by the nation’s parliament, shooting himself with a handgun in apparent financial desperation.

Eyewitness reports say that the man shouted “So I won’t leave debts for my children” before turning the gun on himself. Others claimed he said nothing.
The incident occurred around 9 am (local time), just outside a metro station, when the square was filled with people and commuters. The man took his life behind a big tree, which concealed him from most eyes. Greek media identify the man as Dimitris Christoulas. This is yet to be confirmed by the police.

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