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Senior citizen throws self in Po River after tax bill

70-year-old lives, in stable condition

08 May, 13:57
Senior citizen throws self in Po River after tax bill (ANSA) - Turin, May 8 - A senior citizen in Turin attempted suicide Tuesday by throwing himself into the Po River after receiving a tax bill, the man told rescuers. The 70-year-old was taken to hospital where he was said to be in stable condition. Suicides amid Italy's economic crisis are on the rise, mostly among indebted small-business owners and the unemployed. According to CGIA, an association of artisans and small-business owners, over 30 entrepreneurs have taken their own lives since the beginning of 2012, mostly due to the economic crisis.

The situation is worse for those without a job as nearly one unemployed person commits suicide everyday in Italy, the majority of whom are men, according to the Eures think tank.

A gathering of widows marched in Bologna Friday to honor the numerous Italians who have recently killed themselves, notably 58-year-old craftsman Giuseppe Campaniello who lit himself on fire in front of a tax agency amid a fiscal dispute in March.

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