The vote on Sunday, July 5, came more than five months after SYRIZA won the January 25 elections and formed a government based on the promise of reversing austerity measures ratified by previous governments in return for a bailout of the Greek financial system. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed to a deal with the eurozone finance minsters in February that retreated on many of SYRIZA’s promises, but the rulers of Europe kept demanding more. With the lenders refusing to make any concessions–and cutting off desperately needed funds for the Greek government as blackmail–Tsipras finally announced a vote by the Greek people on whether to accept the eurozone’s latest humiliation or not.
The lopsided victory for the “no” side has echoed around the world.
With all of the ballots counted, the “no” vote has won with 61.3 percent of the vote.
This was a hard struggle. They used everything against us. They closed the banks. They canceled bank cards. Every day in the news, for hours and hours, they would show pictures of lines of people out of banks. They spread fear, promising that tomorrow, you will have no money. Tomorrow, you will have no medicine. Tomorrow, you will have no pension.
The European governments and media also helped to spread the terror. They changed the question of the referendum from “yes or no on the austerity agreement” to “yes or no on the eurozone.”
They tried everything. And against all this, the people succeeded.