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Art teachers protest against the government austerity measure that threaten their jobs, outside the Greek parliament in central Athens, on Friday, Sept, 6, 2013. The conservative-led government plans to sack 15,000 state employees by the end of 2014, and place another 25,000 in a program of mandatory suspensions and job transfers.  (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Art teachers protest against the government austerity measure that threaten their jobs, outside the Greek parliament in central Athens, on Friday, Sept, 6, 2013. The conservative-led government plans to sack 15,000 state employees by the end of 2014, and place another 25,000 in a program of mandatory suspensions and job transfers. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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(AP) A Greek aid group says suicides have increased by 45 percent during the first four years of Greece's financial crisis, and warned there are indications of a further "very large rise" in the past two years.


The Athens-based group Klimaka said Tuesday that officially reported suicides rose steadily between 2007 and 2011, accounting for an annual jump in deaths from 328 to 477 in that period, according to data from the Greek Statistical Authority.


The group said, based on its own research, the number of suicides has continued to rise through 2012 and 2013.


Greece still has one of the lowest suicide rates in Europe, but a dramatic rise in poverty and unemployment since the debt-strapped nation began imposing harsh austerity measures has been blamed for the increase in deaths.


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