Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly
A photograph of an elderly Greek man alone and weeping on the ground outside a national bank has emerged as the country's financial crisis deepens.
The unidentified man, whose image has been widely shared across social media, appears to have been attempting to collect his pension at the branch in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, when the photographs were shot on Friday.
On the floor next to him, the pensioner’s small book of accounts and identification can be seen lying abandoned.
Subsequent images show the man being removed from the area by security, before he gesticulates desperately at the camera.
Greece’s leaders have been wrestling with European leaders and the IMF in order to extend desperately needed loans to prevent the country going bust.
The nation’s pensions have become one of the sticking points of discussions, with creditors asking for a reform of a creaking system.
The elderly and young people have been among the hardest hit by Greece’s wrecked economy, with older voters swinging to the left in support of Syriza in the last election.
Although Greek banks have been closed in the past week, exceptions have been open to allow pensioners and retirees to claim an €120 down-payment on their July pension.
(© Independent News Service)
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