Man trampled as hundreds of desperate Greeks scuffle for food
February 7th, 2013
A fruit and vegetable handout in Greece led to one man being trampled on Wednesday, calling attention to the desperate conditions in the crisis-hit country. Some 55 tons of produce was given away by farmers who were protesting high production costs.
The person was injured when he was pushed by a crowd trying to grab the goods and fell and hit his head.
The chaos was sparked when food stalls ran out of fruits and vegetables, prompting dozens of people to rush to a nearby truck.
It was an âevery man for himselfâ situation as the Greeks shoved their way to the front of the truck, competing for the food that was left. The 55 tons of food was completely gone in under two hours.
A Reuters employee at the scene was hit on the head with cauliflower heads as he attempted to photograph the situation.Kostas Barkas, a lawmaker from the leftist Syriza party, told Reuters.
Other Greek lawmakers said the situation showed images
âof people on the brink of despairâÂ and the sense ofÂ âsadness for a proud people who have ended up like this.â
Itâs a reality that many Greek citizens find hard to comprehend.
“It’s difficult. I never imagined that I would end up here,”Â 65-year-old Panagiota Petropoulos said. “I can’t afford anything, not even at the fruit market. Everything is expensive, prices of everything are going up while our income is going down and there are no jobs,”Â she continued.
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