Suicide at Syntagma

Suicide tree at Syntagma
The tree where Dimitris Christoulas shot himself.

I like Syntagma square. It used to be really nice before it got all….bummed out. The nice new marble waterfall fountains that were put in for the Olympics in 2004 were just what this polluted noisy town needed, a little grace, some good Feng Shui from the falling water and some white noise to drown out the perpetual angry hubub. Now those fountains are ripped apart, flung in the faces of the police who fling tear gas grenades back. And now this. A 77 year old retired pharmacist named Dimitris Christoulas put a gun to his head and killed himself next to a tree in Syntagma, one of the very trees that had been decorated for Christmas this year, (in lieu of a municipal tree which would surely have been burnt down).

He left this note

“The Tsolakoglou government has annihilated all traces for my survival, which was based on a very dignified pension that I alone paid for 35 years with no help from the state. And since my advanced age does not allow me a way of dynamically reacting (although if a fellow Greek were to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be right behind him), I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life, so I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for my sustenance. I believe that young people with no future, will one day take up arms and hang the traitors of this country at Syntagma square, just like the Italians did to Mussolini in 1945”

Candles at the suicide tree.
Candles at the suicide tree.

“Tsolakoglou government” is a reference to the first collaborator government of Greece, under the Germans during WWII.

I got nothing much else to say, but what a bummer. I have been saying that a lot these days.

Author: Blaine L. Reininger

Blaine L. Reininger was born July 10, 1953 in Pueblo, Colorado. Then he lived a life. By and by, he founded Tuxedomoon with Steven Brown in 1977. He traipsed around America, tuxedomooning until 1980, when he began to traipse around Europe. As a direct result of all of this traipsing, many musical compositions were composed, most of which found their way to some sort of mechanical device capable of reproducing musical compositions. This was mostly for the good. He now lives in Athens, Greece, where he is content.

One thought on “Suicide at Syntagma”

  1. Greek Tragedy.. The pistol of Dimitrios points now at the Occupation Forces. After death. I hope it will find its target soon.


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