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'Let us say No to division and ultimatums' Tsipras urges Greeks

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras once again urged Greeks to vote 'No' in the referendum on Sunday, stressing that the country's continued presence in Europe and the eurozone was not at stake but rather whether Greece will continue implementing an impossible economic programme. He also highlighted Thursday's IMF report, which found that Greece's debt was unsustainable and urged a 30 pct debt haircut and 20-year grace period


A success of the 'no' in such a climate of pressure and blackmail will be a great achievement with international appeal, noted government vice president Yiannis Dragasakis speaking on Friday to private radio "Sto Kokkino". The choice is crucial, said Dragasakis, if 'yes' prevails in the referendum, the austerity will be limitless


The president of the Hellenic Banks Association Louka Katseli in a statement to ANA-MPA on Friday noted "I would like to inform the people that the banks' ATMs will operate normally throughout the bank holiday".


Coordinator of the political negotiation group and Alternate Foreign Minister for International Economic Affairs Euclid Tsakalotos said that "the lenders' programme would not be voted by SYRIZA and Independent Greeks' deputies and the government would fall, that's why we called a referendum" he explained speaking on Friday to private SKAI TV


"It's up to the Greeks to decide what they will vote in Sunday's referendum" stated Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Friday "It is important for Europe but it is more important for the Greeks", he added


The plan the lenders propose to Greece is bad and recessionary and the answer is no, said French economist Thomas Piketty to Belgian newspaper Le Soir adding that despite the brutal threat of Greece's exit from the eurozone and the financial strangulation by the ECB


In a statement on Thursday, Greece's Alternate Minister for Tourism Elena Kountoura reassured foreign visitors to the country and those planning a holiday in Greece that their experience will not be marred by the economic crisis in the country

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