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Greece Mourns Suicide of Pensioner Hit by Austerity Cuts

A Greek pensioner who shot himself to death on Athens' main square this week said he took his life because the government's financial austerity measures left him virtually penniless.

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A note and a wooden cross pinned on the trunk of a tree under which an elderly man fatally shot himself at Athens' main Syntagma square, Athens, Greece, April 5, 2012.(AP)
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A note and a wooden cross pinned on the trunk of a tree under which an elderly man fatally shot himself at Athens' main Syntagma square, Athens, Greece, April 5, 2012.(AP)

People gather at the site where an elderly man fatally shot himself at Athens' Syntagma square. (AP)
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People gather at the site where an elderly man fatally shot himself at Athens' Syntagma square. (AP)

People gather at the site where an elderly man fatally shot himself at Athens' Syntagma square. (AP)
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People gather at the site where an elderly man fatally shot himself at Athens' Syntagma square. (AP)

Riot police chase protesters in front of a hotel during a protest in Athens after a Greek retiree shot himself, April 4, 2012. (AP)
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Riot police chase protesters in front of a hotel during a protest in Athens after a Greek retiree shot himself, April 4, 2012. (AP)

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