AVE MARIA - by Helene Fischer - video ~ link
Witnesses said the man put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger after crying "I have debts, I can't stand this anymore."
"[The government had] annihilated any hope for my survival and I could not get any justice. I cannot find any other form of struggle except a dignified end before I have to start scrounging for food from the rubbish," read a suicide note found in his pocket.
By nightfall, thousands of demonstrators gathered at the central Syntagma Square where the suicide had taken place to protest extreme poverty and financial desperation.
They carried candles, flowers, and hand-written notes, condemning the economic crisis and chanted slogans such as, "This was not suicide - it was murder committed by the state."
"This is the point, to which they've brought us. Do they really expect a pensioner to live on 300 euros?" said a 54-year-old protester.
Clashes broke out near the parliament when the police fired teargas canisters at a group of protesters throwing Molotov cocktail at them.
Pensions and benefits have been cut by up to 25%, salaries and public services slashed, whilst taxes have been raised and unemployment is high, as the Greek people are made to suffer for debts incurred following years of complicity between corrupt officials and global loan sharks like the IMF.
Greece shaken by retiree's suicide in central Athens ~ link