Defiant Tsipras Urges Greeks to Vote ‘No’ in Bailout Referendum

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Bulgaria: Defiant Tsipras Urges Greeks to Vote ‘No’ in Bailout Referendum A woman watches Greece`s Prime minister Alexis Tsipras` TV announcement in a electronics shop in central Athens, Greece, 01 July 2015. Photo EPA/BGNES

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday called on Greeks to vote ‘No’ in Sunday’s referendum on the conditions of bailout assistance proposed by international creditors.

Sunday's referendum is not about whether Greece will stay in the eurozone or will leave it, Tsipras said in a televised address to the nation, according to

The vote, he said, will represent the people's clear choice on how they want to live the day after.

Tsipras also said Greece "remains at the negotiating table” with his government still aiming for an agreement with the country’s creditors.

The referendum will ask Greeks whether to accept or reject the latest terms offered by the creditors to Athens in order for the country to be granted a further bailout.

Tsipras spoke after he wrote to creditors that he would accept the bailout offer made by the European Commission on Sunday with several amendments.

Greece wants to keep a lower VAT level for its islands, reduce the size of cuts to its defence budget and delay the phasing out of a supplement for some pensioners.

A ‘No’ vote will mean that Greeks want a return to European values, Tsipras said.

He also stressed that a 'No' vote would not push Greece out of the eurozone, but rather win better bailout terms for the country.

European leaders have warned Greece in previous days that a 'No' vote on Sunday could mean the end of the country's membership of the eurozone.

"I never expected a democratic Europe not to give space and time [to hold the referendum]. It is a disgrace that we have these scenes of shame because they closed the banks precisely because we wanted to give the people the vote," Tsipras said.

He promised people’s salaries and pensions would be paid and they would not lose money during the capital controls currently in place.

Tsipras also said that a ‘No’ vote means a strong pressure for a viable economic agreement to give a solution to Greece's debt problems.

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Maudlin - 1 Jul 2015 // 20:39:11

Greek masterminds have managed again to trick the EU idiots. The game will continue forever like this - Greece manipulating the EU idiots thus jeopardizing Union's stability, cause the Russian shade is always in the backyards.

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