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Greek police clash with Protesters after 77-year old commits suicide

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Protesters scuffle with police during a rally at central Syntagma square in Athens on April 5, 2012.

Greek police have clashed with demonstrators in Athens for a second day after a senior pensioner committed suicide over economic hardship.

On Thursday, riot police attacked protesters with teargas and flash grenades on Athens’ main Syntagma Square where hundreds of demonstrators had gathered to protest the government’s harsh austerity measures, the Associated Press reported.

The square was the scene of a suicide incident on Wednesday when a 77-year-old retired pharmacist shot himself dead over financial problems blamed on harsh austerity measures.

On Wednesday night, police also fired teargas at a group of protesters throwing Molotov cocktail at them.

Greece has been in a financial crisis since 2010 and has relied on international bailout loans ever since.

In order to secure a EUR 130 billion bailout package funded mostly by eurozone member states and the International Monetary Fund, the country had to adopt harsh austerity measures including massive cuts to its private and public sector wages, pensions, health and defense spending, which have worsened the economic recession, leading to thousands of job losses.


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