Greece rages: Dimitris Christoulas and Marios Lolos die as racism rises
GREECE is bleeding. A 77-year-old retired pharmacist named Dimitris Christoulas committed suicide at Syntagma Square in central Athens. In a suicide note, he claimed the financial crisis in Greece had ‘destroyed’ him. Hundreds attended the ceremony at an Athens cemetery. At a march in Athens to mark his death, a policeman was badly beaten. Also, photographer Marios Lolos, 46, who heads the Greek Photojournalists’ Association and works for the Chinese news agency Xinhua, suffered a skull fracture while covering the protest. Other Greeks are targeting foreigners – not only the Germans who are seen as the enemy. Several political parties have promised to take a tougher line on illegal immigration, ahead of a general election, expected in late April. Greece is the busiest crossing point for illegal immigration in the European Union. It’s getting hot in Greece….
An injured and bleeding policeman is assisted by passersby after he was attacked by protesters in Athens' main Syntagma Square, Saturday, April 7 2012. 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. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)