Violent protests erupted in Athens after a Greek retiree committed suicide on Wednesday morning over the hard-hitting austerity measures by the government.

A 77–year–old pharmacist shot himself in the head at a crowded subway on Syntagma Square in Athens.

"I find no other solution than a dignified end before I start searching through the trash for food," read the suicide note handed over to the police by his daughter.

Later in the day, up to 1,500 people clashed with the police hurled stones and petrol bombs outside the parliament.

"It was a murder, not a suicide, austerity kills," read the written messages pinned on the tree under which the man shot himself dead.

Take a look at the violent clashes following the suicide: