Published On: Sat, Jun 30th, 2012

Greek man plunges to his death from the Acropolis in apparent suicide

Public domain photo/Leonard G. via Wikimedia Commons

In what many are suggesting is just another in a long list of suicides due to the failed economy in the debt-ridden nation, a 40-something Greek bank worker fell to his death from the Acropolis in Athens in an apparent suicide bid.

An MSNBC report says the unnamed man worked at Greece’s troubled state-owned agricultural lender, ATEbank. He apparently took a break shortly after arriving at work and never returned.

The incident happened at around 9 a.m., as tourists began arriving at Greece’s most famous attraction, a 150-metre high, flat-topped rock which is the location of the 5th century BC Parthenon temple.

“The man jumped and fell on to the Theatre of Dionysus below,” the guard told AFP. “He was alone and did not seem to be in a normal mental state.”

“It’s very likely it was suicide, we don’t know for sure until the investigation is completed,” a police official said. “No suicide note has been found yet.”

Suicides are on the rise in Greece as the country slogs through a five-year recession that has left over a million people jobless.

See the original report in the Greek news source, Ta Nea.

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