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Sunday 18 March 2018

TD Paul Murphy has 'gross' encounter with local Greek wildlife

Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy

David Kearns

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy learned to be aware of Greeks bearing gifts after he experienced a 'gross' encounter with the local wildlife.

As some 10 million Greeks cast their ballot in the 'austerity' referendum, the Dublin South–West representative travelled to the debt-ridden country for today’s vote.

Sitting out a café in Athens, deputy Murphy tweeted a fairly 'gross' encounter with the local wildlife.

“Bird just sh*t on my head sitting outside a cafe in Athens. A good or bad omen for #oxi? Gross in any case.”

Whether the omen is ill or not, the anti-austerity politician said he was still hopeful that the Greeks will vote to reject the terms of a bailout deal by Troika.

Speaking from Athens, he said a No vote would be a "major blow" to neo-liberalism in Europe.

"It will not resolve the problems or end the process in Greece or in Europe. But it may open the door towards rupture with the Troike, neo-liberalism and austerity.”

On Friday, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras told a 25,000-strong crowd: "On Sunday, we don't just decide to stay in Europe - we decide to live with dignity in Europe, to work and prosper in Europe."

Voting earlier today in Athens, he called today's referendum a "day of celebration" and a chance to “beat the propaganda of fear.”

The leader of the Syriza party urged voters to say No – believing it will boost his leverage in negotiations within the Eurozone, and subsequently lead to better financial terms for the country.

However, European leaders have said that there is no other deal on the table for Greece to consider, and have warned that a No vote could see Greece leave the eurozone.

Supporters of a Yes vote, including members of the opposition, say rejecting the terms could spell the end of Greece’s involvement within the EU and sink the country further into financial meltdown. 

AAA TD Paul Murphy said the outcome is likely to be a close one, but added that if a "Yes" vote wins then solidarity protests across Europe would be needed.

"If #oxi wins tonight and ECB then moves to crush Greek banks which is quite likely, solidarity protests across Europe will be vital."

On Friday, Greece was officially declared in default by the European Financial Stability Facility - days after the nation failed to cover a €1.6 loan from the International Monetary Fund.

In a drastic step, the Syriza lead Government forced banks across the country to close over the past week, with customers only able to withdraw €60 a day from their accounts.

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