Man jumps off Acropolis in suicide bid

2012-06-28 13:00


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Athens - A 45-year-old man was seriously injured on Thursday after jumping from the Acropolis in Athens in an apparent suicide bid, a site guard said.

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

Police said the incident occurred on Thursday morning at a time when Greece's top archaeological site, an ancient citadel on a rocky plateau above Athens, is visited by scores of tourists.

The man was taken to hospital with serious head injuries after the 100m drop and is not expected to survive, a police source said.

Suicides are on the rise in Greece as the country slogs through a five-year recession that has left over a million people jobless. Salary cuts and tax hikes have compounded the difficulties for many people.

In April, a retired pharmacist fatally shot himself under a cypress tree in the capital's Syntagma Square, about 100m from parliament, saying government austerity measures had wiped out his pension and left him in penury.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    greece  |  economy
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Byrne: Israel Folau a 'freak'
LIVE: New Zealand 47-9 Tonga
England World Cup coaches barred
Lancaster comes out guns blazing

It is always easier to notice the faults in others rather than face our own. Focusing too much on the perfect and ideal more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.