April 8, 2012
Greek reactions to coming election, and suicide of Dimitris Christoulas
In the wake of the public suicide of Dimitris Christoulas at Syntagma Square, the questioning by Greeks (and sometimes self-flagellation) has continued. This from the New York Times:
"In a handwritten note found near the scene, the pensioner said he could not face the prospect “of scavenging through garbage bins for food and becoming a burden to my child,” blaming the government’s austerity policies for his decision."
With the leadup coming for the expected elections in May, the impact of the turmoil has become more raw and difficult in the Greek press. See this "Firing Squads and Nooses" comment from Kathimerini:
"For starters, Greeks will have the chance to do this via the ballot box in a few weeks’ time. If the value of this most ancient of democracies is to be restored, then voters must use the general elections due to take place next month to inject some purpose into the system. Rather this than nooses and firing squads."
The votiong date is expected to be announced this week. The article from Kathimerini is titled "Greece's long, painful suicide" written by Nick Malkoutzis.