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Greece: 'Syriza, don't sign' - anti-austerity protesters in Athens01:39

Greece: 'Syriza, don't sign' - anti-austerity protesters in Athens

Greece, Athens
June 25, 2015 at 06:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters took the streets of Athens, Thursday, demanding that Syriza refrains from signing a new memorandum with the eurozone, as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras continued to negotiate with the country's creditors in Brussels.

The protest was organised by the left-wing Antarsya party. Despoina Koutsoumpa, an Athens City Councillor for the party, said "the only solution is making the poor more poor, we don't want the eurozone." Antarsya member Yannis Dimopoulos echoed Koutsoumpa sentiments, stating that "no reform can be good in the framework on the eurozone."

After pressure from its creditors, Greece had proposed a number of budget cuts to avoid default, including cuts to pensions as well as an increase in consumer taxes. A decision is expected before June 30 when Greece's current bailout expires and the country faces a €1.6 billion ($1.79 billion) loan repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Greece: 'Syriza, don't sign' - anti-austerity protesters in Athens01:39
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Protesters took the streets of Athens, Thursday, demanding that Syriza refrains from signing a new memorandum with the eurozone, as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras continued to negotiate with the country's creditors in Brussels.

The protest was organised by the left-wing Antarsya party. Despoina Koutsoumpa, an Athens City Councillor for the party, said "the only solution is making the poor more poor, we don't want the eurozone." Antarsya member Yannis Dimopoulos echoed Koutsoumpa sentiments, stating that "no reform can be good in the framework on the eurozone."

After pressure from its creditors, Greece had proposed a number of budget cuts to avoid default, including cuts to pensions as well as an increase in consumer taxes. A decision is expected before June 30 when Greece's current bailout expires and the country faces a €1.6 billion ($1.79 billion) loan repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).