Recall that the events of the Arab spring were triggered by a 26-year old man in Tunisia setting himself on fire in an act of protest and despair at the conditions in that country.
Now an elderly pensioner in Greece has shot and killed himself near the parliament, reportedly leaving a suicide note accusing the government of reducing his pension to nothing. This has sparked violent demonstrations and clashes with the police.
I have written before about how the oligarchy have been imposing harsh measures on the Greek public in order to extract money to repay the loans that were freely given out to them by multinational banks. When people start killing themselves as public acts of protest, that is a sign of deep anger and despair.
Will this Greek suicide trigger mass unrest in other European countries like Portugal, Spain, Ireland, and Italy that are also imposing harsh measures on their people?