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La crisis económica en Grecia (The economic crisis in Greece)

http://www.abc.es/20120531/internacional/abci-nuevo-suicidio-grecia-201205310230.html

Un pensionista griego ha sido hallado muerto este miércoles en el parque ateniense Agios Filipos. Junto a su cuerpo, se halló una nota de suicidio en la que se hace referencia a su situación económica, según ha informado el portal griego «Athens News».

A Greek pensioner found dead on Wednesday in Agios Philippi Park Athens. Together with his body,  a suicide note was found where he refers to his financial situation accoring to the Greek portal “Athens News”.

«La Policía no me conoce. Nunca he tocado la bebida en mi vida. Nunca he soñado con mujeres ni con drogas y nunca he estado en una cafetería. Solo trabajé todo el día. Pero cometí un crimen horrendo: me hice profesional a los 40 años y me hundí en las deudas», dice la nota. «Ahora soy un idiota de 61 años y tengo que pagar. Espero que mis nietos no nazcan en Grecia, ya que no habrá griegos a partir de ahora. Dejemos que aprendan otro idioma, porque el griego será borrado del mapa a no ser que haya un político con el valor de [la ex primera ministra británica Margaret] Thatcher para ponernos firmes a nosotros y al Estado».

“The police do not know me. I’ve never touched a drink in my life. I never dreamed of either women or drugs and have never been in a cafeteria. Just worked all day. But I committed a terrible crime: I became professional at 40 years and I sank into debts, “says the note. “Now I’m a 61 year’s old idiot and I have to pay. I hope my grandchildren won’t be born in Greece, as there will not be Greek from now on. Let them learn another language because Greek will be wiped off the map unless there is a politician with courage like former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who make us and the state stand strong. ”

Los vecinos del fallecido le han descrito como un hombre muy trabajador que estuvo empleado en la reparación de barcos y en diversos puestos de construcción. En la última etapa de su vida trabajó como electricista en un barco mercante.

The neighbours of the deceased have described him as a hardworking man who was employed in the ship repair business and various jobs in construction. In the last stage of his life he worked as an electrician on a merchant ship.

The original article has more suicide stories but I’m not going to post them. Well it’s too depressing. Living and working in Europe, now this doesn’t seem too far away, physically. At the moment, Gibraltar is doing fine and I don’t see devastaing signs of economic deterioration around. In case of Spain, they do talk about high unemployment rate and foreclosure of houses on TV, however, Carrefour and Mercadona are always packed with people.

 

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