As Debt Crisis Spirals, Greeks Declare: 'Our Lives Don't Belong to the Lenders'

October 10, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

With strained negotiations between Greece and its European lenders at a seeming impasse—and the prospect of a Greek exit from the euro zone, or “Grexit,” looming large—thousands rallied in central Athens on Wednesday night, in a show of support for the leftist Syriza party and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who has so far resisted the creditors’ push for deeper cuts and further austerity.

Close to 3,000 demonstrators gathered outside the Greek parliament building in Syntagma Square, holding signs and banners with slogans like, “Our lives don’t belong to the lenders” and “Stop Austerity, Support Greece, Change Europe.”

They called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank, and the European Commission—who have demanded more budget cuts in return for desperately needed frozen aid—to respect the mandate that voters gave to the Syriza party, which won the January parliamentary elections on an anti-austerity platform.

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