Greece: Man in Debt Lights Himself on Fire…For the Second Time

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Greece: Man in Debt Lights Himself on Fire…For the Second Time (Warning — Graphic Photos)

Posted on September 17, 2011 at 10:29am by Madeleine Morgenstern Madeleine Morgenstern

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a 55-year-old man has been hospitalized with chest burns after dousing himself with gasoline and then setting his clothes on fire. The man shouted that he was in debt as he carried out the act.

Police said the incident occurred Friday in Thessaloniki, in northern Greece, in front of a bank. Police used fire extinguishers to put out the blaze.

The injured man was not identified, but police say he had also set himself on fire and suffered burns 15 months ago, after complaining he could not pay back the debts from his failed business.

Debt-plagued Greece is in its third year of recession, and is surviving on international rescue loans. Drastic cost-cutting measures have caused a rash of business failures and record unemployment.

Photos below. Warning — may be disturbing to some.


A man throws petrol over himself before setting himself on fire outside a branch of Piraeus bank in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Friday Sept. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Nontas Stlianidis)


A man sets himself on fire outside a branch of Piraeus bank in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Friday Sept. 16, 2011. He said he was ruined after taking out a series of bank loans. (AP Photo/Nontas Stlianidis)


A police officer uses a fire extinguisher as a man sets himself on fire outside a branch of Piraeus bank in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Friday Sept. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Nontas Stlianidis)


Police officers rush to use a fire extinguishers as a man sets himself on fire outside a branch of Piraeus bank in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Friday Sept. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Nontas Stlianidis)

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He wasn't trying to die. Why not douse himself like a Vietnamese Buddist monk?
 

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what a fucking attention whore
 

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Now he'll be in even further debt from medical bills. Good call, dumbass.
 

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Now he'll be in even further debt from medical bills. Good call, dumbass.
Medical bills. Ha. Don't be silly, there's no such thing in enlightened Greece. The people who's bill he's getting treated on are German taxpayers (and a few American ones as well).
 

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Waddle Doodle! Bone dry, bone dry.