The lorry drivers’ strike in Greece ended a few days ago. The tragic news was published in a local newspaper of the city of Volos (original article in Greek here) on July 23d, a few days before the strike. According to the article the 67-year old, who had been working as a truck driver for four decades, had tried to sell his truck recently without luck. Early on the morning of July 22nd he hanged himself off a bridge crossing over a motorway, where he was later found by passers-by.
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We’ve focused on the strikes and riots that threaten to derail Greek austerity. But what about the Greeks who aren’t fighting back, and instead have given up?The suicide rate in Greece has surged, approaching triple last year’s rate, according to non-profit suicide helpline organization Klimaka. They think the rise is based on the financial crisis.