‘Throw Away Citizens’: Greeks See Their Own Country Turn Against Them

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 19:11 PM
April 27, 2012

 Earlier this month a 77-year-old Greek pensioner committed suicide feeling that his country demanded the impossible: choose either rent, medicine or food.  He could not afford all three.  Dimitris Christoulas, a professional man who had worked hard all of his life in the nation he thought was his home, said he had no hope left.  Identifying with his pain, Greeks were outraged.

 “I see no other option for a dignified end before having to scavenge through the garbage for my food,” the retired pharmacist said in the note found on his body after his suicide in Syntagma Square, a main attraction across from Parliament.

 Reuters reporter, John Kolesidis writes:  “His suicide sparked demonstrations, recriminations, and a public debate on its significance. . . . people took to the square in commiseration and anger.”  Thousands shouted “murderers” at the Parliament and the police barricade posed to protect the politicians inside.

 While government officials tried to deny his death was a political issue, journalists, scholars and the public say otherwise.  One political scientists remarked, “ . . . his life, his death, the suicide note, and the spot he chose, leave no room for doubt that this is a political stance.”

 Dimitris’ country has seen a 25 percent increase in suicides in one year since the Greek government imposed the severe austerity measures to meet European Union demands.  Round after round of salary and pension cuts have pushed unemployed levels to extremely high levels, while simultaneously creating higher taxes and causing lower wages.
 
 Kolesidis adds that, while Dimitris was the first successful suicide to galvanize public anger over these draconian economic policies, others have tried it:  “In February, a married couple threatened to jump off the third floor of the public organization they worked at after they were told that it was closing because of state budget cuts. Without their jobs, they wouldn’t be able to afford the 1,600 euros ($2,088) a month they needed for medicine for their handicapped child.”

 Correspondents for france24.com in Athens also reveal that these economic policies have increased the number of Greeks who are homeless.  While some turn to the countryside for survival, others go to church and privately-sponsored charities.  One nurse says:  “We see totally healthy people, with an active working past . . . individuals [and] families . . . turning up . . in need of food and essentials.”
And a recent survey says that 54 percent of Greeks say they are usually depressed.

 What a horror when people find that the nation they thought was their own turns against them, when the homes they thought they had are no more.  Is this what life is to be in the New World Order?  Is it to be so filled with ‘throw-away people?’  Is this what antichrist fictional books pre 1990 have in mind?  Reality!

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