Wednesday 21 March 2018

Greek banker jumps to death from Acropolis

Renee Maltezou in Athens

Stunned tourists watched in horror as a Greek bank worker plunged to his death from the Acropolis yesterday, in what police said could be the latest in a growing number of suicides caused by economic suffering in the debt-ridden nation.

The man was in his 40s and worked at Greece's troubled state-owned agricultural lender, ATEbank. He took a break shortly after starting work in the morning but never returned, police said.

"Guards and tourists saw him at the spot before the jump," a police official said.

"Others heard a loud scream and saw him lying on the ground. It could be suicide, but there's no note." The official said the man did not appear to have any financial problems.

The growing rate of suicide in Greece has come to symbolise the human toll of the country's unabated debt crisis, as repeated bouts of austerity drive Greeks to despair.

Irish Independent

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