GREECE, Thessaloníki : An elderly man is crying outside a national bank branch as pensioners queue to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Thessaloniki on 3 July, 2015. Greece is almost evenly split over a crucial weekend referendum that could decide its financial fate, with a ‘Yes’ result possibly ahead by a whisker, the latest survey Friday showed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s government is asking Greece’s voters to vote 'No’ to a technically phrased question asking if they are willing to accept more tough austerity conditions from international creditors in exchange for bailout funds. AFP PHOTO /Sakis Mitrolidis                        

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This is sick… An old man crying out of a bank in Thessaloniki, Greece. Unable to control himself, he collapses. A policeman and the bank chief are helping him to stand on his feet…. I am so ashamed of my country. This is not how I plan my future to be. Give justice to people. Stop caring only about yourselfs. Be Greek for one time, for the very first time in your lifes. PS Where is European Union’s care about their allies, us, Greeks(;) that’s how you show you care ? By blackmailing us? Shame on you. This is what you’ve done… That’s enough!

GREECE, Athens : Pensioners queue outside a national Bank branch, as banks only opened for the retired to allow them to cash up to 120 euros in Athens on July 1, 2015. The European Union will decide whether to grant Greece a last-minute bailout package to avoid pushing it further towards an exit from the eurozone. Greece failed on the eve to make a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first industrialised country to do so.  AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI                        

For the (northern, eastern) European ignorants talking about Greece, Portugal and Southern Europe in general, saying that we’re lazy, that we don’t want to pay taxes, etc…Make your selves a favor and look at the numbers before opening your filthy mouths to talk about the southerners and making fools out of yourselves. 

I invite you to come here and see how we live. Come and see how high are the taxes we have to pay when compared to our low salaries. Come and see how we work more weekly hours than any other European region. Come and see how we are the last people getting retired in Europe. Come and see how most of our old people still carry on working after retirement because their pensions are simply not enough for their survival. Come and see how many kids here only eat once a day (the free meal they are given in school), how many families live in houses falling apart with no electricity or tap water. I could continue this list for a while…I just ask you to study the whole issue and realize all this circus IS and always was ABOUT THE BANKS, NOT THE PEOPLE. We the people are paying a very high price because of the mistakes of the bank owners and our governments. If we (the Portuguese and the Greek) are to blame, it should be for our inability to elect transparent and honest politicians who would work for the people and not for their own interests.  

We’re not lazy, we’re not liars, we’re a very brave and hardworking people striving to live a decent life.

GREECE, Athens : A pensioner waits outside a branch of the National Bank of Greece to get his pension on June 29, 2015 in Athens. Greece announced early Monday it will shut banks for a week and impose capital controls, pleading for calm after anxious citizens emptied cash machines in a dramatic escalation of the country’s debt crisis. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis