Elderly Greek kills himself in main Athens square
ATHENS - The Associated Press
An elder man eats a free meal during a soup kitchen organized by a Greek humanitarian group in Athens' main Syntagma square on Sunday, April 1 2012. AP photoGreek police say an elderly man has fatally shot himself in the country's busiest public area in Athens, but the motives for his suicide are not clear.
The 77-year-old Greek man killed himself Wednesday near a metro exit on central Syntagma Square, which was crowded with commuters during the morning rush hour.
The square, opposite Greece's Parliament, is a focal point for public protests.
Police said no suicide note was found near the body.
Greece is in the grip of an acute financial crisis, and has seen a sharp increase in suicides over the past two years of harsh austerity measures, rising unemployment and deepening recession.