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Man commits suicide in Athens's Syntagma Square during rush hour

An elderly man committed suicide on Wednesday morning in Syntagma Square in Athens, in front of Parliament.

Some reports said witnesses claimed the man shouted «I don't want to leave debts to my children,» before he shot himself in the head. According to Skai TV, witnesses said the man did not say anything.

The incident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. when the square was full of people and commuters using Syntagma metro station.

The man had positioned himself next to a big tree and was not in view of most people in the square. Two people who were sitting on a bench some 10 meters away have been questioned by the police.

The man’s identity is not known, nor are the reasons for him deciding to take his own life. Skai TV reported that a note was not found at the scene.

* A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that an elderly man committed suicide on Friday.

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday April 4, 2012 (10:08)  
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