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Little stories from IMF-run Greece: 78-year old man sets himself alight and dies from his wounds in the island of Lefkada

At approximately 7pm on Monday evening, 78-year old S.K. set himself alight with petrol at a parking lot in the town of Lefkada, in Western Greece. The man died on the spot.

This follows from a tremendous increase in suicides across Greece, and Crete in particular – where also, two days ago (on Saturday night) a homeless man died of the cold in the streets of the city of Chania.


  1. sot wrote:

    this is actually the 11th case of self immolation since 2010, with the youngest case being that of a 13 year old girl!

    such cases are not given any publicity by the media (in one case, that of an albanian immigrant in Chios, it was just mentioned in the police official internet page) and ofcourse no one knows the names of these martyrs:

    4 jan 2010- 27 year old man in Kaisiariani, Athens
    2 jun 2010- 50 year old man in a bank in Thessaloniki
    14 dec 2010- 50 year old man in front of the Presidential Palace& Megaron Maximou, Athens
    22 feb 2011- 49 year old man in a church in Volos
    24 jun 2011- 24 year old woman in Patras
    7 jun 2011-45 year old man in Karditsa
    13 sept 2011- 54 year old man outside of a bank in Thessaloniki
    23 sept 2011- 13 year old girl in Kaminia, Athens
    20 oct 2011- 43 year old woman in Iracleio, Creta
    6 nov 2011- 35 year old man in Chios

    Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 12:00 am | Permalink
  2. Joe wrote:

    I have something for you which might be interesting. A transnational call for action on march31 by anticapitalist groups and grassroot unions.

    It is already available in greek:

    The capitalist attacks occur all over Europe, so we need to fight alltogether in Europe! Greetings from Germany!

    Monday, January 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink
  3. JackCommon wrote:

    Was this inspired by what happened in Tunisia over a year ago? If so, it’s not the inspiration from North Africa that people should be taking. For one thing Greece has had national class struggle-inspired crises spanning, on and off, almost 40 years, unlike Tunisia. Suicide by self-immolation , given such a history and the development of a community of struggle, saves the state the hassle of a bullet; better to die trying to kill one of the *******s than DIY.
    See this interesting, if somewhat badly structured, text called “Suicide or revolution”, admittedly on the now fatally compromised libcon site:

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 7:33 am | Permalink
  4. Lemon wrote:

    You’ve made some good points there. I looked on the web for more information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.

    Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 4:38 am | Permalink
  5. Lemon wrote:

    Great info. Lucky me I found your website by chance (stumbleupon). I’ve saved as a favorite for later!

    Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 5:08 am | Permalink

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