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Greece: 'We have sent a message of dignity and pride' - Tsipras tells 'no' supporters01:49

Greece: 'We have sent a message of dignity and pride' - Tsipras tells 'no' supporters

Greece, Athens
July 3, 2015 at 11:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told thousands of cheering Greeks assembled in Athens' Syntagma Square, Friday, that no matter the result of Monday's bailout referendum "we have already won" as Greece "will not just stay in Europe but live in it with dignity". In reference to the negotiations over Greece's debt with its creditors, Tsipras told the crowd that "the Europe we got to know was about fear and blackmailing" and that "Greece has sent a message of dignity and pride."

Just a 1.2 kilometre (0.75 miles) walk away from Syntagma Square at the Panathenaic Stadium, thousands of people rallied under the slogan 'Yes to the euro - we live in Europe' are holding a demonstration to encourage people to vote 'yes'. The proximity of the rival rallies has sparked fears of clashes between the two groups.

The rally comes as the Greek people are set to hold a referendum on July 5 to decide whether to accept the austerity measures requested by the so-called "troika" (IMF, ECB, EC). The Greek government closed the country's banks on Monday, as well as imposing limits on cash withdrawals until July 6. A 'No' vote by the Greek people would reject new austerity measures that are demanded by Greece's creditors, while a 'Yes' would accept the institutions' conditions for a new Greek bailout package.

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told thousands of cheering Greeks assembled in Athens' Syntagma Square, Friday, that no matter the result of Monday's bailout referendum "we have already won" as Greece "will not just stay in Europe but live in it with dignity". In reference to the negotiations over Greece's debt with its creditors, Tsipras told the crowd that "the Europe we got to know was about fear and blackmailing" and that "Greece has sent a message of dignity and pride."

Just a 1.2 kilometre (0.75 miles) walk away from Syntagma Square at the Panathenaic Stadium, thousands of people rallied under the slogan 'Yes to the euro - we live in Europe' are holding a demonstration to encourage people to vote 'yes'. The proximity of the rival rallies has sparked fears of clashes between the two groups.

The rally comes as the Greek people are set to hold a referendum on July 5 to decide whether to accept the austerity measures requested by the so-called "troika" (IMF, ECB, EC). The Greek government closed the country's banks on Monday, as well as imposing limits on cash withdrawals until July 6. A 'No' vote by the Greek people would reject new austerity measures that are demanded by Greece's creditors, while a 'Yes' would accept the institutions' conditions for a new Greek bailout package.

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