Weeping Greek: I just wanted to have my 120 euros

Crying from misery, he sits against the wall of a Greek bank. The photo of the 77-year-old Giorgos Chatzifotiadis crossed the world.

Here is the story behind this iconic image that the Greek crisis illustrates so well.

The retired Chatzifotiadis had already queued at three banks. He wanted his wife’s pension record, but in vain. Nowhere he got 120 euros which the banks had promised to pensioners to pay. When the 4th bank declined, he burst in tears.

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The 77-year Chatzifotiadis sees his fellow citizens beg for a few cents to buy a loaf of bread and hears more and more of suicides which take place because of the crisis.

“I happen to be a sensitive person. I cannot handle it.”

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