Greek President Karolos Papoulias said on Oct. 28 – Oxi Day – that he believes the debt-ridden country will overcome the current economic crisis which threatens it with chaotic default, although he didn’t say how, and as the economy continues to flounder.
“I am confident that despite current difficulties, Greek people will exit the crisis, as we have beat crises throughout our history,” said Papoulias.
Papoulias made the speech at the end of the annual military parade in the northern city of Thessaloniki to mark Greek entry into the second world war and celebrated the 100th anniversary of its independence from Ottoman rule.
He stressed that some European countries seemed to have forgot the contributions that Greece had made in the past, referring to Greece’s international lenders who press for more harsh austerity to tackle the crisis.
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras also sent a message calling for unity. “In a few years, Greece will excel, as long as we remain united,” he said, as the parades nationwide were held amid strict security measures for fear of anti-austerity extreme protests.