Greece: Clash After Service for Man Who Shot Self
Demetris Nellas - The Associated Press
A police uniform stolen from a policeman is placed by protesters among flowers at the site where a 77-year-old shot himself in the head Wednesday in Athens' main Syntagma Square, Saturday, April 7 2012 and left a note blaming the country's harsh austerity measures for his suicide. A protest march that followed a memorial service for a retired pharmacist who committed suicide earlier this week turned violent with marchers beating a policeman in central Athens and stealing his uniform, bulletproof vest, manacles and walkie-talkie.
The demonstrators marched after a memorial service for Dimitris Christoulas, 77, a retired pharmacist who shot himself Wednesday in the Greek capital's Syntagma Square. He left a note blaming politicians for his money problems and calling on "young people" to kill their elected leaders.
His death has further galvanized Greeks angry over their leaders' implementation of tough austerity measures that are aimed at bringing the country out of its fiscal crisis but which have caused hardships for many ordinary citizens. Greece's economy is now also heavily dependent on international loans.
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