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Man jumps off Acropolis in suicide bid

2012-06-28 13:00

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.