Syntagma Square Suicide Note Ends With Call To Young Greek People To "Hang The Traitors"

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Earlier today, we remarked on the story of a 77-year old Greek, now identified as Dimitris Christoulas, who at around 9 am took his life in the middle of Athens' central Syntagma Square with a bullet to his head. His full suicide note has been released. The note, presented below, ends in a solemn call to arms to "hang the traitors of this country."

"The Tsolakoglou government has annihilated all traces for my survival, which was based on a very dignified pension that I alone paid for 35 years with no help from the state. And since my advanced age does not allow me a way of dynamically reacting (although if a fellow Greek were to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be right behind him), I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life, so I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for my sustenance. I believe that young people with no future, will one day take up arms and hang the traitors of this country at Syntagma square, just like the Italians did to Mussolini in 1945"  

More from Athens News:

Georgios Tsolakoglou was the first collaborationist prime minister during Germany's occupation of Greece during the Second World War.
The reference has been widely interpreted as a comparison between the wartime collaborationist government and the current government of Lucas Papademos.


The suicide occured shortly before 9am, as people went about their business on the square. Christoulas, 77, shot himself while standing next to a tree on one of the grassy areas on the square.  He died from a single shot to the head, reports say.


He was a retired pharmacist, with a wife and a daughter. He sold his pharmacy in 1994.


Laos head Yiorgos Karatzaferis noted in Parliament that the bullet that killed the man in Syntagma, also hit the conscience of the Greek political sphere. "This is not just a person that killed himself", he said. "This event should make us understand that we have all been behind this, we have all pulled the trigger. What did this man see from us, before deciding to take his own life? He saw shady goings-on, he saw none of those that stole from him and the Greek people go to jail. What else did he see? He saw no help coming his way, as he tried to deal with his loans and debts. What did this man hear from us? He heard that no slack would be given to him, no room to move, while the political parties would get plenty of money. Money they did not deserve"


"Death isn't just to die, it's also to live in despair, with no hope", New Democracy head Antonis Samaras said of the event, before adding that "incidents like these are what makes the fulfilment of our duty even more important and even more urgent. We must help Greece out of its current state, we must help Greeks escape from despair".


"We have watched all this time as suicides have escalated dramatically in our country, a product of the disgraceful financial policies followed by New democracy and Pasok", was Syriza MP Litsa Amanatidou - Pashalidou's take on the event.


Independent Greeks leader Panos Kamenos called for the suicides of those involved in the country's current state. "It wasn't this man who should have commited suicide. Rather, it should have been those politicians that knowingly led Greece to be crushed by this vice", he said.


Yiannis Dimaras, party leader of  the Hellenic Citizens' Charriot stressed that "those who have voted away all the rights of this country, those who have given our dignity away, are those that are guilty for spilling the blood of this Greek pensioner".


Dimitris Zafiriadis, party spokesman for the Democratic Alliance said that this action was an indication of the desperation that a large segment of Greek society is currently feeling, as it watches its way of life being violently altered".


Meanwhile, Pasok MP for Corinthia and former party spokesman Panos Beglitis has come inder heavy fire for his comments while speaking to private television station Skai TV earlier on Wednesday. When asked why no one does anything to help people who are driven to such extremes due to mounting debts, Beglitis repsonded by saying that "in cases like these, we must be very careful when commenting about anything. All I can say, is that this mean was very brave and sensitive. We cannot however connect his suicide with the country's current financial plight. Besides we do not even know if he amassed the debts, or whether his children had a hand in it".


The shocked Greek community is issuing calls for a "Syntagma afternoon" later on Wednesday.

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NEOSERF's picture

And so it begins...RIP

HarryM's picture

Moment of silence - .... I'm surprised they released the suicide note

caconhma's picture

The old man is right. The criminals & traitors must hang!

Harlequin001's picture

There are still some patriots...

Though they are fewer and older by the day it seems...

This life, at 77 was probably one of the more worthwhile ones lived...

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

OK, I hate to rain on a dead guy's parade, but killing himself completely fell in line with what the Troika wants (x 1,000,000). If he was willing to die, he should've strapped himself up with a serious quantity of whatever material goes Boom! the best, taking out as many technocrats as possible.

Harlequin001's picture

Money rules. Get used  to it. Though America may have won its Congress it is English money that gives you your candidates through its banking and business interests. The money knows that when a patriot dies it is the end of the line, the end of a belief, but when a mercenary dies, a soldier, policeman or whatever, they will simply hire another. You can fight all you want but you will never win. Money rules, always, but that doesn't make this mans' attempt to change things worth any the less.

It is just a great shame it has come to this, but that is just the sad inevitablility of this system of financial idiocy.

Coming to a country near you, soon...

narapoiddyslexia's picture

I don't know if we can win, but we can crash the system, or at least force an inflection point to appear.

BTFD. The article by Jim Rickards linked below strongly implies that if we simply stop spending money, the system will come crashing down. All of Bennie's plans hinge on our spending more money. By my own simplistic BOTE calculation, if 10% of us who make near the average income [not median income] cut our spending in half, we can Bring The Fucker Down, the acronym for which is, of course, BTFD.

So, stop spending money, or SSM. Thus,


Why wait till November? We can crash the system from the relative quiet of our own homes.

Manthong's picture

How long till we see the same call on the mall?

Nussi34's picture

Will be interesting to see for how many years they will still pay his pension!

DollarMenu's picture

Yes but, there are all those 'must go' airline trips,

all those 'essential business deal/dinners',

the material shit to appease the unfortunately conceived kids,

and of course, the stack of credit cards,

issued by the TBTFs that make this life so desirable.

The next car/phone/pile of rags/whatever, calls so appealingly;

it is an addiction to the material that requires a land mass tsunami to break.

Home grown what?

Buy local what?

Stay put?

What are you, crazy?

My blackberry is buzzing gotta go....


TruthInSunshine's picture
This is the deceased man's counterpart in Ireland:



An Irishman Speaks His Mind
pupton's picture

I understand where you're coming from.  I'm sure he thought about that (as he indicated in his note).  However, then his message would be dismissed as the rantings of a lunatic "terrorist".  Now he dies with dignity, and his message has been heard and received.  This approach is similar to that of Ghandi.  His life was sacrificed so that his message could be heard.

Maghreb's picture

I don't think so he was an old man and going to die anyways soon. All these suicide bombers do is enable the Security Services to crack down all over the place. Syntagma Square ends up on lock down peacful protesters are told to stay out by the millitary. I don't think the Troika gained anything from his dying they had already robbed him anyway. I'm against suicide but it was a powerful gesture that they can't simply write off as "terrorism" or "unrest". It is also a sign to the younger men to get their shit together.........

americanspirit's picture

If he had done that he would have been one man, one bomb. This way he may inspire a hundred men and women with a hundred bombs. How many people do you suppose there are in Greece right now who have been diagnosed with a disease that gives them only a few months to live? THAT is what the Troika fears. And they should. Get some perspective. This old man is a hero.

MrTown3's picture

Exactly....he kills himself but wants others to do the dirty work?....he died dumb if you ask me

Ratscam's picture

Action Group: Close motorway toll collection - great idea!

The greek government built the roads with tax money and later sold it off to to private investors. The investors turned around and started collecting toll fees which are EUR 3.10 one way, a yearly cost of EUR 1340 for the average greek commuter. If this becomes a worldwide trend then short Macquarie.

Maghreb's picture

They are "paving" the way for it in the U.K as well

steve from virginia's picture

Greece has been cut away from the Eurozone consumption regime. It's consumption is now exported to core states (which are also sinking).

Countries like Greece -- Portugal, Ireland, Egypt -- are thrown to the wolves so that car industry can survive another day/week/month.

Greece is done, a failed state. Hospital funds are stolen and shifted to finance ... to BMW and Daimler.

Class war all right, between us and our toys. Toys are winning ...

koperniuk666's picture

Gas Chambers would be quicker considering how many will have to die, however I feel concerned about their carbon footprint. Does anyone have any suggestions? Bolt guns?

Dave Thomas's picture

Just buy everyone an ipad and put them on a morphine drip till they waste away. Blissful broken window exit.

Zero_Sum's picture

Revolution, bitches. The match has been lit. It's on like donkey kong.


Sabibaby's picture

The traitors in the US and rest of the world are learning from what's going on in Greece and positioning themselves, preparing for this to come down the road eventually to a city near them. Get ready for the traitors to team up and to abolish our abilities to protect ourselves.

Always make user your muzzle is pointed down range or towards a traitor.

ndotken's picture

There will be no revolution until the pain of compliance exceeds that of noncomplianace. Unfotunately, (and TPTB are well aware) as we sit in the comfort of our recliners munching on Doritos and watching another season of American Idol, the pain of revolution is but a distant cry in the wilderness inaudible to drugged populace of the United States.

BobPaulson's picture

Only because they have created a culture that values Doritos more than pride.

AgShaman's picture

And for this reason....revolution falls prey to the bypass valve that is apathy in the USA.

It takes an alternate path....devolving and heading towards another Civil War

When the rest of the world adjusts accordingly...the USA may receive the benefits of being the cancer of the world...and face being isolated.

We get to stew in our own destructive juices

5880's picture

"they said you was hung"

"they was right"

V in PA's picture

Tyler, the keywords for this article should also include 'Martyr'. Especially since it is a Greek word.

SheepDog-One's picture

'A shot heard round the world'? We'll see. 

mendigo's picture

dumb ass pointing that thing the wrong way
this is why the 99% are where they are

hangings too easy
may they and their spawn be forced to eat pink slime

pupton's picture

Or better yet, how about a circular "human centipede"  People get to have March Madness like "brackets" to see who will be in what order.  I'd like to see Corzine eating some Bernank shit after having been shit out of Timmay...They can all be put on display on the Mall in DC.  Naked.  We can throw rotten fruit at them, spit on them, etc.  Good times.  Or, is that a fate to kind?

rlouis's picture

USA:  James Stack - 

Sabibaby's picture

It's a shame so many bullets are wasted on martyrs and not Senators, Congressmen, or Bankers. These people signed up for a job they knew has risk of death for deceit but try to play the risk down as extremist only hold them liable. It has never in the history of the world been too extreme to execute traitors. The scum are trying to change the rules of the game but they will be held responsible eventually as they always have been throughout all of history.

BobPaulson's picture

The shortage is not in bullets. The shortage is in people with the stones to hold the gun.

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

"Joe Stack" I think his name was.

Sure could fly planes.

Could land them on a dime.

Even if the dime was in someones pocket.

johngaltfla's picture

Just wait until it starts here this summer. Especially on the days where there are brownouts and it is 95 degrees outside.

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

Maybe he will run into Joe Stack.

Him and Joe wear thier hearts on thier sleeves,literally.


h0twire's picture

Huffington Post Tries to Mislead with this headline:


Greek Suicide: Austerity Measures In Greece Lead To Elderly Man Killing Self In Syntagma Square

Marginal Call's picture

They don't call Airy Anna the Greek Whoracle for nothing.

Marginal Call's picture

Ariana Huffington.   Sometimes called Airy Anna to get by the word filters on her site.

palmereldritch's picture

Makes you wonder if Huff Po is going to hold the patent on Agenda 21 environmental sustainability suicide booths

rocker's picture

 Didn't I see Goldman Sachs Banners in the protest on the square when it all began ?

 Yes, I did.  Things that make me go Hmmmm.

flacon's picture

I saw anti-Goldman Sachs banners. 

rocker's picture

Sorry, my Bad. That's what I meant.