Another Greek Man Commits Suicide Due to Austerity Measures

    When people read about Dimitris Chrystoulas’ suicide outside the Greek Parliament due to the financial crisis, everyone was devastated. Now, another man has taken his life as well.

    Savvas Metikidis, 45, was a teacher and renowned trade union member. During the Easter holiday, he visited his hometown of Stavroupoli in Xanthi to celebrate with relatives and family.

    The victim hung himself at his parents home on Saturday, April 21. He was married and had children.

    In his letter, he describes his thoughts about the debt crisis and the austerity measures, and makes clear that his suicide had a political background.

    People described him as an active member of Greek society, always present at demonstrations against the Memorandum. Once, mentioned his colleagues, he did not even hesitate to “deliver” himself to police during a protest.

    Over the last five years, Metikidis taught immigrants Greek without being paid for his classes. Savvas’ funeral will be held on Sunday, April 22 at the cemetery of Stavroupoli.


    1. Malaka wanted to be famous and do something big. How about being a real man and raising your own family — or at the very least not doing this in your parents’ home. Just because a fool like this fits the politics of those angry over the austerity, doesn’t mean we should celebrate them and drive more to suicide. The unions helped push Greece off this cliff, and that means Metidikis should have had a guilty conscience even if he didn’t.

    2. Um, Johnhay, I don’t think this article is celebrating this man.  It’s sharing his story.  Also, I don’t think anybody hanging himself is trying to become famous… I think it’s very telling that he went back to the place he grew up to take his own life…  Very humbling.  And suicide is always a very selish act but this is clearly also an act of desperation.  Anyway, sometimes the circumstances around you push you to do things that you wouldn’t otherwise dream of.  Unless you are literally in this man’s shoes, you shouldn’t use “big words” (mhn les megala logia).  Stones in Glass houses…you know….