Man Commits Suicide In Broad Daylight On Athens' Syntagma Square To Protest "Occupation Government"

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The Arabian Spring started after the self-immolation of a 26 year old fruit vendor in Tunisia to protest a life he could no longer live. Will the European Summer set off with a suicide as well? News are crossing that a few hours ago, a 77 year old Greek has killed himself in broad daylight on Athens' symbolic and inappropriately named Syntagma square to protest the "occupier government" and not wanting to be a burden to his child. As Kathimerini reports, "an elderly man committed suicide on Friday morning in Syntagma Square in Athens, in front of Parliament. Some reports said witnesses claimed the man shouted «I don't want to leave debts to my children,» before he shot himself in the head. According to Skai TV, witnesses said the man did not say anything. The incident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. when the square was full of people and commuters using Syntagma metro station. The man had positioned himself next to a big tree and was not in view of most people in the square. Two people who were sitting on a bench some 10 meters away have been questioned by the police." Will this latest tragedy provoke a groundswell popular response? We doubt it - alas the status quo appears set to continue chugging along as per usual, taking advantage of appathetic and welfare addicted societies around the world.

Keep Talking Greece has more on the tragedy:

It was short before 9 o’ clock in the morning when stunned passers-by heard a gunshot and saw a man falling dead. Right there, next to a flowerbed, behind the biggest tree of the park, at the entrance of the Metro at Syntagma Square, near the stairs leading to  the Greek parliament, in the heart of Athens. The elderly man, estimated around his 60?s, put the gun on his head and pulled the trigger. A single bullet to give an end to a life of despair.



The sound of the gunshot froze the people walking at the square, during the morning rush hour.


Police and ambulance rushed to the spot, his corpse has been taken to the morgue.


Up to this hour there is no police statement about the identity of the man.


Some Greek media quoted an eye-witness claiming the man shouted “I don’t want to leave debts to my children.” Other eye-witnesses claimed, the man said nothing before pulling the trigger.


Latest information has it that  the man was 77 years old, according to his Identity Card.


A tragedy with unknown motives, a shocking act to end the day at its start…


Suicides saw a dramatic increase during the last three years of deep economic crisis. According to Greek Ministry of Citizen Protection, the suicides and attempted suicides saw a sharp rise of 22.5% since 2009. A total of 1,727 recorded suicide death and attempted suicide incidents have occurred nationwide since the Greek recession began in 2009.


The number of suicides and attempted suicides  jumped from 507 in 2009 to 622 in 2010, marking a 22.5 percent increase, and to 598 in the last year up to until December 10, 2011.

And courtesy of George Mitakides, this is what the suicide note said:

h/t Nikolaos

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Wed, 04/04/2012 - 07:29 | 2315712 Colombian Gringo
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Coming to America  soon....

The Banksters own our government, they will collect and there is only one way out unless we get off our knees and tell them to Go and shove their fraudulent debts up their collective rears. I'd rather be an Icelander than Greek.


Wed, 04/04/2012 - 07:36 | 2315734 rsnoble
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Apparently Iceland had enough politicians that were for the people. The US doesn't. In fact I am convinced when you hear the US politicians use the phrase "the American People" all the time it's because they aren't American and they are referring to another class of people.  A class that is viewed as much lower of course.  Just look at Greece........IMF implanted politicians.  Why burn buildings down when the same assholes fucking you are still alive?

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 07:41 | 2315742 Id fight Gandhi
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American politicians? Fuck that. They all go over to Israel, to pledge allegence to them. NJ gov. Is doing that right now.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:01 | 2315788 GetZeeGold
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That's only one......the rest of our politicians including the current administration hate Israel and do everything they can to derail them.



Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:02 | 2315794 SteveGennisonBa...
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huh?  /sarc?

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:10 | 2315801 GetZeeGold
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Not keeping up with the due diligence again?


Do you feel like maybe you're out of the loop?



Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:12 | 2315820 economics9698
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"I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country."   Patton.

Remember when the shit hits the fan take out a banker and politician BEFORE you check out.  Its your duty to your fellow countrymen. 

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:17 | 2315825 GetZeeGold
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Walk like an Icelander.


Let the deprogramming commence.......this may be a little uncomfortable.


Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:24 | 2315842 ms1408
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Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:29 | 2315856 GetZeeGold
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Rethought it huh? Probably a good call.


It's getting a little hairy in here.


Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:52 | 2315915 AldousHuxley
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Meanwhile in Oakland, California 43yo man majoring in nursing gets expelled from unaccredited "college" and shot and killed 7 people at the school. Then he went to go grocery shopping at a supermarket where he was caught.

Divorced and his construction company failed.

His brother was killed in during Army special forces training.

His mother passed away in 2011

Mr. Goh had debt and tax lien by the Internal Revenue Service.


America tend to make everyone nuts.



Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:02 | 2315929 GetZeeGold
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Brought up in our fine no consequences.....everyone gets trophy school system no doubt.


I surprise he intended to pay for it and didn't just loot the store instead.


Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:29 | 2316046 AldousHuxley
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how can an unaccredited school have a nursing program? can you trust those nurses?

It was a Christian school.


The guy turned himself in at the supermarket by telling the customer service rep that he shot bunch of people.


He was packing .45 caliber.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 14:47 | 2317254 Cathartes Aura
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gun ownership in amrka, working as intended.

(and yes not ALL who own guns will use them in anger on others, but one has to admit, some do, and many will, as things worsen)

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:18 | 2315999 Thomas
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My brother, a tax accountant, tried to help a guy who had not a prayer to cover tax penalties. When he told the IRS representative that the guy won't be able to pay this over decades, the IRS agent said, "He's still young." Got ammo?

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 10:23 | 2316190 MachoMan
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That's not the way it works...  The IRS takes your net (note: after a reduction for your debts) assets plus your monthly take home to determine what you can pay...  so, if the kid has net assets and/or a decent job, then he'll be expected to pay for a long time.  Often times the best thing to do is the whole lump sum fiasco...  this can be accomplished quite a few ways, but I know of quite a few people who have borrowed more than they paid for a house (presuming a favorable appraisal) and used the loan proceeds to pay the IRS... 

the trick is converting nondischargeable debt to dischargeable debt...  or, alternatively, not having anything to pay the IRS.  For people who know of likely or pending tax issues, I would suggest selling all real property at an arguably arm's length transaction...  (must avoid fraudulent conveyances).  If they don't have a lien on your balls, then they're much more likely to play ball on a smaller settlement.  Once the lien gets filed, you're screwed until you cut a deal.

It's also really, really important to fight it tooth and nail from the onset...  this means working closely with your accountant as soon as the IRS alleges you owe additional tax...  you ALWAYS need to keep an appeal to court in your back pocket...  the IRS hates court.  When you fail to respond, etc., you may waive your right to appeal. 

Most of the time, the IRS simply takes its liberty with what it thinks you owe...  this is often a simple matter for your accountant and is often times remedied through an amended tax return (or a bunch).  However, when you simply fail to file a return, things get dicey. 

PS, the statute of limitations is your buddy.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 11:23 | 2316475 Bicycle Repairman
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"the trick is converting nondischargeable debt to dischargeable debt... "

Brilliant comment.  Let's just let that one sink in.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:28 | 2315861 GMadScientist
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You're late for your EST appointment.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:08 | 2315807 AldousHuxley
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that's the name of the game. hate/love between allies and foes to keep them in check. divide and conquer including Israel. Americans Jews don't give a shit about Israel. American holiday Jews will sell Israel to Arabs for money if they could. It is just that their holocaust surviving parents are still alive.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:12 | 2315819 GetZeeGold
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Yeah.....but don't actually say that.


Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:32 | 2316053 prole
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You are both liars.

Please attach the word "liar" to your screenames to update same

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 20:27 | 2318062 smiler03
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" It is just that their holocaust surviving parents are still alive."

Well the youngest surviving holocaust parents are 66. Are they still a majority of Isreali citizens? /s

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 12:54 | 2316834 Strike Back
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Bullshit.  Germany is to Greece as Israel is to ___?

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 07:51 | 2315772 fightthepower
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The Greeks are such losers. I'm glad to see them suffer. A group of people who fails to defend their nation from an overthrow by bankers while willingly being raped is beneath contempt. Get a gun and take your country back Greek losers.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 07:58 | 2315780 Ghordius
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lead the way and show how, winner guy


and since this is going to be an unpopular remark, let's pile on:

- as far as I remember what Iceland did was to refuse to bail out their banks - not to refuse to pay their sovereing debt

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 07:57 | 2315784 tocointhephrase
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No mercy, how sad, you need to find help!

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:03 | 2315793 Ghordius
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I was not finished - hit the save button instead of preview

- the party is not over, politically, the 300-strong parliament that is supporting this government is going to face elections, soon


what do you mean "no mercy"? this guy is ridiculing Greeks and writing something about rebellion by others - would you have misunderstood a line like "talk is cheap" better?

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:26 | 2315852 sessinpo
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The Greeks are such losers. I'm glad to see them suffer.




lead the way and show how, winner guy


and since this is going to be an unpopular remark, let's pile on:

- as far as I remember what Iceland did was to refuse to bail out their banks - not to refuse to pay their sovereing debt



I was not finished - hit the save button instead of preview

- the party is not over, politically, the 300-strong parliament that is supporting this government is going to face elections, soon


what do you mean "no mercy"? this guy is ridiculing Greeks and writing something about rebellion by others - would you have misunderstood a line like "talk is cheap" better?



Actually, I don't think that at all. I think fightthepower got such negative ratings because he suggested " I'm glad to see them suffer. "


I wouldn't lend the Greeks one penny but I certainly am NOT glad to see them suffer. I don't want to see anyone suffer. Your comment was fair and prudent in my opinion. I am sad to see a Greek commit suicide when it is the local politicians that should be taken to task for selling its own people out. The only problem I have with the Greek people is their insistance on more financial aid when they have not solved their fiscal and political problems - it would be money wasted as we have seen with repeated bailouts and CACs. In other words, the Greek people just don't get it yet.



Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:04 | 2315941 Benjamin Glutton
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It's all odius debt.

Greek banks will soon be recapitalized with an estimated 30 billion to 50 billion euros, part of the country's second bailout, backed by the International Monetary Fund and European taxpayers. Analysts estimate Piraeus will take about 3 billion to 3.5 billion euros.


Sallas was put in charge of Piraeus by the government 21 years ago, before the bank was privatized. He owns about 1.5 percent of the bank, whose stock price has plunged 97 percent since its peak in 2007.

But Sallas and his wife and his two children have also run a series of private investment companies that public records show have sealed millions of euros in real estate business with Piraeus, deals that were not disclosed to shareholders.

In wealthy locations in Athens and its suburbs and on at least one Greek island, these companies bought properties with loans from Piraeus and then rented at least seven of the buildings back to the bank, which used them as branches. Piraeus also bought properties from the companies and financed other buyers to buy properties from them.

Among the most unusual deals were transactions involving companies linked to Staikou, Sallas' children Giorgos and Myrto, as well as key former Piraeus executives. These centered on the sale to Piraeus in April 2006 of three different properties, via three different private businessmen. According to property records, each of the businessmen bought a property for a knock-down price from the family companies and then sold them on to Piraeus for more than double that price. On paper, they generated a 160 percent total cash profit for the men, nearly 6 million euros, within the space of three weeks.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 07:59 | 2315790 Christoph830
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Have some fucking compassion dude. I don't see you doing shit to stop the bankers from raping us here in the U.S.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:14 | 2315822 Scalaris
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If I had a dollar for every time an internet warrior spewed asinine polemics behind the warm embrace of internet anonymity, and was not indeed an effete, pimple-faced fuck, I would have enough to feed my daily ETF gambling without a trace of compunction. 

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:22 | 2315839 Christoph830
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Well said. Stories like this should make us feel compassion and more empowered than ever to say "enough is enough.". That could have been my dad.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:47 | 2315903 KickIce
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Hell, might even reach TBTF status. :)

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 10:25 | 2316240 monkeyboy
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You'd be a god, better yet a banker!

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:30 | 2315864 GMadScientist
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"...and take your country back Greek losers."

He said, from the relative safety of his mother's sofa.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:22 | 2316016 Pangasius
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Troll much?


Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:17 | 2315828 TheFourthStooge-ing
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rsnoble said:

In fact I am convinced when you hear the US politicians use the phrase "the American People" all the time it's because they aren't American and they are referring to another class of people.  A class that is viewed as much lower of course.

That kind of condescending contempt is typical for occupational governments, be they in Athens or in Vichy DC.


Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:42 | 2316089 prole
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They also talk in the "we" "we" verb tense in a sickly cloying way. First because they aren't Americans look at some of the faces IManuhell, Grinchburg, Krakken, Wolfowish (made up name) the Prince of Darkness perl/swine. These people are not American they are not of any kind of European descent, so they use the term WE WE when talking about aggressive war waged by America and "we will defend America from (fake threat or aggression)"

Who the fvkc is this "we?" You are in no way Americans at all. You hijacked this fvcking country please exclude me from your sickening revolting "we?" TIA

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:48 | 2315908 Chump
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Could you imagine what would happen if Americans tried to pull this off around the Capital Building?

Talk about a bloodbath.  We're done.  TARP decided our fate.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 07:45 | 2315751 I think I need ...
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the only thing that suprises me more is that they don't take "them" some bankers with them before committing the act.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 07:47 | 2315763 rsnoble
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No doubt. We need to educate these people. LOL.  Or at least ask them for a favor.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 13:18 | 2316930 sessinpo
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rsnoble    2315763

No doubt. We need to educate these people. LOL.  Or at least ask them for a favor.



Which people? I'd say the people that aren't preparing themselves for financial and social upheaval that lies ahead are choosing to educate themselves the hard way. For some, that is the only way they learn.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 07:53 | 2315770 Zero Govt
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Stop Paying Your Taxes

it's the only way to cut the suckers off at the pump (Govt)

in order to be an Icelander the Govt needs to give taxpayers (you) a vote on repaying the debt ...that ain't ever going to happen in our 'democracies'

C'mon Ireland, cut the suckers/fuckers off

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:08 | 2315955 Calmyourself
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If I wait a bit I can pay them with a one trillion dollar bill, same thing...

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:19 | 2316008 mick_richfield
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No, there's another way. 

Stop taking tax money.  And this is under my control.  I literally don't see how to stop paying taxes.  Do you?  

But if enough people won't take stolen money -- then what good is it?


Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:33 | 2316056 i-dog
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You can start by not paying [unconstitutional] taxes on your private property:

Then you can look into not paying unconstitutional income tax (I'll let you do the research on that, if you can be bothered).

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 13:04 | 2316874 WillyGroper
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Worked pretty well for Schiff's father.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 18:12 | 2317770 i-dog
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They've got you well trained. Arfff arfff.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:10 | 2315809 Christoph830
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Guns don't kill people, banksters kill people

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:28 | 2315860 Gully Foyle
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Colombian Gringo

"Coming to America  soon"

Right, Americans sure have the balls to suicide in protest. It's like they all have that fine Tibetan blood, setting themselves on fire at the drop of a hat.

Nation of pussies is more like it.

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