Thousands gather at Syntagma square to say ‘No’ to blackmails from creditors

Thousands of people rallied on Monday evening in central Athens to protest against “the blackmails of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund”.

Main coalition partner SYRIZA, leftist ANDARSYA and EPAM, unions, political groups, and many others held banners and chanted slogans to favour “dignity, democracy and life”, ahead of the referendum on July 5. “No to new memorandums, not to austerity, debt write-down, our lives belong to us,” were some of the slogans chanted at the rally.

Commenting on the rally with a tweet, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who was giving an interview to state broadcaster ERT, said people’s reaction gives his strength.

“On my way to @ErtSocial, the people’s grand rally on Syntagma square, for the proud ‘No’, gives us strength,” he tweeted.

Earlier, Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Panagiotis Lafazanis, who participated in the rally, told ANA-MPA the “crowd of the ‘No’ majority will be at the referendum on Sunday.”

“The Greek people will say a big ‘No’ and a big ‘Yes’ in a new, progressive Greece,” he noted, adding that the people don’t accept “agreements-robberies” and ultimatums.

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