Thursday 8 December 2016

New proposals seen as betrayal as Oxi voters ask: Why did we fight then?

Published 11/07/2015 | 02:30

Pensioners are given priority tickets by a National Bank official, as they wait to receive part of their pensions in Athens yesterday. Photo: Reuters
Pensioners are given priority tickets by a National Bank official, as they wait to receive part of their pensions in Athens yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Vassilis Adrianoupolitis (38) stood in solidarity with the growing crowds in Syntagma Square. The policeman who lost his job two years ago was one of thousands who was drawn to the centre of Athens once again, following two weeks of rallies and protests, high hopes and massive dejection.

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This time there were no speeches, no rallying cries - just people urging their Government to think of the country. Vassilis's reason for being there was simple: "We are blindly walking into catastrophe."

After years of austerity, many fear the past fortnight has been the final straw. The decimated construction industry collapsed completely, already stretched hospitals ran out of vital supplies, and the struggling tourist sector suffered huge losses.

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