Protest of the day
Here is a translation of the note left by Dimitris Christoulas, the 77-year-old retired pharmacist who committed suicide in the middle of Syntagma Square on 4 April:
The occupying Tsolakoglou government has annulled even the last means of my survival, a dignified pension funded by me alone (without any support from State) for 35 years of my life.
Given that my age does not grant me the individual possibility of a forceful reaction (although if a fellow Greek were to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be right behind him) I see no other solution than a dignified end, before I start picking up the garbage to find something to eat.
I believe that our youth with no future, will one day pick up their arms and hang the traitors of this Nation upside down at Syntagma square, just like the Italians did to Mussolini in 1945 (Piazza Loreto, Milan).
Notes: Georgios Tsolakoglou was appointed Prime Minister of a collaborationist government by the Axis Occupation authorities on 30 April 1941. He served until 2 December 1942, when he was replaced by Konstantinos Logothetopoulos. After Greece was liberated, Tsolakoglou was arrested, tried by a Special Collaborators Court in 1945, and sentenced to death. His death penalty was ultimately commuted to life imprisonment, and he died in prison in 1948. Syntagma (Constitution) Square is located in central Athens and is named after the Constitution that King Otto was forced to grant to the people, after a popular and military uprising on 3 September 3 1843. Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci, along with most of the members of their entourage, were executed by partisans on 28 April 1945 in the small village of Giulino di Mezzegra. The next day, their corpses were trucked to Milan and then hung upside down on meathooks from the roof of an Esso gas station on Piazza Loreto.