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Thousands Gathering in Athens Ahead Of Referendum

Ten of thousands of people are gathering on Syntagma Square in Athens this evening to protest against further austerity measures ahead of the referendum on Sunday.

They are there to protest against further austerity measures and to encourage people to vote ‘no’ in the upcoming referendum which will give the Greek people the right to choose whether to accept to bailout conditions of the institutions.

Thousands of protesters across Europe are also rallying in solidarity with Greece.

Ruptly TV report: From around 16:30 GMT at the Panathenaic Stadium – just a 1.2km (0.75 mi) walk away from Syntagma Square – tens of thousands of people rallying under the slogan ‘Yes to the euro – we live in Europe’ are holding a demonstration to encourage people to vote ‘yes’.
The government’s current bailout expired on Tuesday when the country was due to pay the IMF €1.6bn (£1.1bn), a payment they failed to meet.
A ‘no’ vote by the Greek people would reject new austerity measures that are demanded by Greece’s creditors – the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Commission (EC) – while a ‘yes’ would accept the institutions’ course for a new Greek bailout package.
The Greek government closed the country’s banks and imposed capital controls on withdrawals until July 6, the day after Greeks are due to vote in the referendum.