Third austerity suicide in Spain since October
Fiona Govan, www.telegraph.co.uk | November 29, 2012
“A desperate 59-year-old Spanish man facing eviction from his home has committed suicide, the third such death since October amid rising public outrage over repossessions…
“…An estimated 400,000 home owners have been evicted since the start of Spain’s economic crisis in 2008…”
Some judges and police officers are refusing to participate in further evictions.
Italian businessman becomes country’s 25th ‘austerity suicide’ of the year
by Nick Squires, www.telegraph.co.uk | April 30, 2012
“An Italian businessman who was depressed over the failure of his construction company has taken his own life, in the country’s 25th such “austerity suicide” this year….
“It was the latest of a series of suicides that have alarmed politicians, economists and social welfare groups in Italy, as austerity measures introduced by the unelected technocrat government of Mario Monti hit home…”
Austerity suicide: Greek pensioner shoots himself in Athens
By Paul Anast, Athens and Nick Squires, www.telegraph.co.uk | April 4, 2012
“A cash-strapped Greek pensioner who said he feared having to “scrounge for food” shot himself dead in Athens’ main square in the latest in a series of suicides and attempted suicides triggered by European austerity measures…
“Greece’s fifth consecutive year of recession has been worsened by drastic cuts to public services, pensions and salaries and higher taxes, which were introduced in response to the demands of the International Monetary Fund and the European Union in exchange for financial bail-outs…”