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Heartbreaking Photos Show A Greek Man Crying Over His Country Outside A Bank

"I cannot stand to see my country in this distress."

Posted on July 4, 2015, at 10:59 a.m. ET

As Greece spirals further into financial turmoil, with people preparing to vote Sunday in a referendum that could decide if the country remains in the eurozone, banks have been shut for most of the past week.

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On Friday, some branches opened briefly to allow pensioners to withdraw up to 120 euros of their pension.

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The drama was all too much for one man, though, who collapsed in tears outside a bank in Thessaloniki.

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Giorgos Chatzifotiadis, 77, had lined up for hours to collect a pension on behalf of his wife, only to be told he wouldn't be allowed to withdraw the money.

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"I cannot stand to see my country in this distress," the retiree told Agence France-Presse.

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"I see my fellow citizens begging for a few cents to buy bread. I see more and more suicides. I am a sensitive person. I can not stand to see my country in this situation," he said.

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