A rally was in full swing on main Syntagma square in Athens on Wednesday evening where thousands of Greeks gathered to support the government in its ongoing negotiations with the country’s lenders.
With the main slogan being “We take negotiations in our hands – We tear down austerity,” leftist groups, main coalition parties SYRIZA and the Independent Greeks, local groups and workers’ unions met in Athens’ central square at around 7:30 pm. Protesters chanted “A rift with austerity,” “our lives don’t belong to the lenders” and “dignity cannot be bought.”
“Being here today can be read in two ways,” Giannis M. who rallied at Syntagma told ANA-MPA. “On the one hand we pressure the government not to give in. The people will always be here, like they were five years ago on Syntagma. On the other hand, we show our lenders that the government is not alone, people support it,” he added.
People held banners in English and German to send messages abroad, such as “Democracy in Europe, Demokratie fuer Europa.”