Thousands of Greeks rallied on Monday evening at Syntagma Square in downtown Athens to protest against the proposed deal by Greece’s creditors.
Most protesters said they are against “the blackmailing of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.”
The rally was organized by SYRIZA, extreme leftist parties ANDARSYA and EPAM, as well as other leftist unions and factions. The placards were bearing slogans like “Dignity, democracy and life,” “No to new Memoranda,” “No to austerity,” “Debt writeoff,” “Our lives belong to us.” Protesters were also shouting that Greeks should vote “no” on Sunday’s referendum.
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 him strength.
“On my way to @ErtSocial, the people’s grand rally on Syntagma square, for the proud ‘No’, gives us strength,” he tweeted.
SYRIZA’s left platform leader, Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, participated at the rally saying that the “No” crowd will be present on Sunday’s referendum and will shout “no” to agreements that feel like robbery.
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