(Reuters) - A Greek pensioner's suicide outside parliament has quickly become a symbol of the pain of austerity and has been seized upon by opponents of the budget cuts imposed by
Greece's international lenders.
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The Wasll Street Journal
By MARCUS WALKER
first time he despaired of his debts, Vaggelis Petrakis drank a poisonous brew
of beer and gasoline. Greece
A note he left didn't mention the financial woes of his fruit and vegetable business, of which his family was well aware. Instead, he left instructions for his children on how to look after his animals. "Put mother rabbit in a different place from the little rabbits," the note began.
Then he had second thoughts and called his son, Stelios, who took him to a hospital. Mr. Petrakis survived that suicide attempt. But
collapsing economy and the ruin of his business would soon push him to a more
determined effort. Greece