8 a 13 de Mayo 2012
published at roarmag.org
Trampling on a dead man’s grave, the international media are refusing to see how a 77-year-old’s act of despair is a direct consequence ofpolitical decisions.
By Jelle Bruinsma
On Wednesday morning, the 77-year old Dimitris Christoulas committed suicide on Syntagma square in Athens, in front of the parliament. In his suicide note he is perfectly clear about the reasons for his act of despair. The government, he wrote, has “literally nullified my ability to survive on a decent pension, for which I had already paid (without government aid) for 35 years.”
The website of the prominent Dutch newspaper NRC, however, chose to portray the reasons for his suicide rather differently than he himself did. In a way that was a bit more comfortable for an audience that has been bombarded with the necessity and inevitability of ‘austerity measures’ in Greece.