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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras tweets: 'The bank deposits of the Greek people are fully secure'

Published 28/06/2015 | 20:30

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras leaves the Maximos Mansion after he announced the bailout referendum (AP)
Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras leaves the Maximos Mansion after he announced the bailout referendum (AP)
Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech during an emergency parliament session in Athens (AP)
A man reads a newspaper while sitting in a taverna at the island of Paros, Greece June 26, 2015. A rise in consumer taxes on Greek islands' goods and services is one of the sacrifices creditors are seeking from Athens to unlock bailout funds that will allow Greece to remain in the euro. The tax hike is one of the sticking points thwarting a deal and prompting Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to call a July 5 referendum on the bailout terms. Yet even before the vote, Greece is likely to default on a debt payment, setting off a financial crisis that could damage an upcoming tourist season expected to be one of the most vibrant in years. Picture taken June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Matthias Williams
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis leaves on his motorbike after a meeting at the office of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece June 28, 2015. Greece said it may impose capital controls and keep its banks shut on Monday after creditors refused to extend the country's bailout and savers queued to withdraw cash, taking Athens' standoff with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to a dangerous new level. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis leaves after a meeting at the office of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece June 28, 2015. Greece said it may impose capital controls and keep its banks shut on Monday after creditors refused to extend the country's bailout and savers queued to withdraw cash, taking Athens' standoff with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to a dangerous new level. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

The Greek Prime Minister has hit out at EU finance ministers and the European Central Bank on Twitter this evening.

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Alexis Tsipras also took to social media to tell Greek citizens their bank deposits are fully secure.

His comments come after it was confirmed Greek banks would remain closed until after the country's referendum on July 3rd.

The decision to close the banks, taken at an emergency meeting in Athens this evening, comes as people were queuing up at ATMs throughout the country to withdraw cash.

Mr Tsipras took to Twitter this evening, and claimed recent decisions of the "Eurogroup and ECB have only one object: to attempt to stifle the will of the Greek people".

"They will not succeed. The very opposite will occur: the Greek people will stand firm with even greater willfulness. #Greece."

He urged Greek citizens to exercise "patience and composure" in the days ahead. He also promised that saving deposits in Greek banks are safe- and wages will be paid.

"The bank deposits of the Greek people are fully secure.

"The same applies to the payment of wages and pensions--they are also guaranteed.

"In these critical hours, we must remember that the only thing to fear is fear itself. #Greece"

He finished his series of tweets with a strong message to the population - along with allegations of "blackmail and injustice"

"The dignity of the Greek people in the face of blackmail and injustice will send a message of hope and pride to all of Europe," he said.

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