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Tsipras: Greek ‘No’ a vote to live in dignity in Europe (updated)

Greece’s left-wing prime minister told tens of thousands of supporters in Athens on Friday that a ‘No’ vote in a weekend referendum would represent a choice to “live in dignity in Europe”.

Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks to say a “proud ‘No’ to ultimatums and to those who terrorise you,” rallying supporters ahead of a Sunday ballot that may decide Greece’s future in Europe’s single currency.

Framing Sunday’s ballot as a battle for democracy, freedom and European values, the 40-year-old left-wing leader told Greeks to “turn your backs on those who terrorise you daily”.

“On Sunday, we are not just deciding that we are staying in Europe, but that we are deciding to live with dignity in Europe,” he told the crowd of at least 50,000.

His opponents accuse Tsipras of gambling Greece’s future with a rapid-fire plebiscite that a major European rights watchdog says falls short of international standards of fairness.

 

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