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Greek minister accuses creditors
04 Jul 2015 10:10
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has accused his country's creditors of "terrorism" in an interview published today, a day before Greeks vote in a referendum on the terms of their bailout.
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"What they're doing with Greece has a name - terrorism," Mr Varoufakis told the Spanish El Mundo daily.
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"What Brussels and the troika want today is for the 'yes' (vote) to win so they could humiliate the Greeks."
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He said the IMF, European Central Bank and European Union forced Greece to close the banks to instill fear in people.
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After failing to reach a deal with its creditors last weekend on an extension of its bailout programme Greece's radical leftist government closed the country's banks and imposed capital controls until 6 July.
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Mr Varoufakis said that whatever the result of Sunday's vote, in which the government is calling for a 'no' vote, the banks would reopen and Athens would end up reaching an accord with its creditors.
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"Europe needs an agreement, Greece needs an agreement, meaning we will reach an agreement," he said, reiterating a pledge to resign if the 'yes' vote carried the day.
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Meanwhile, a number of TDs and Irish MEPS, as well as members of the Greek community in Ireland, will attend a protest in Dublin this afternoon in solidarity with the Greek people ahead of tomorrow's referendum.
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