While Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was negotiating with international creditors for the the country’s salvation earlier today, a huge banner that urged Greek citizens to vote “No” in the July 5 referendum on the institutions’ proposed bailout deal was hanged on the Greek Finance Ministry.
The several-meters-long banner was placed overlooking the Greek Parliament and Syntagma Square in downtown Athens.
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in his effort to distance himself from the unfurling of the anti-austerity banner, posted on his personal Twitter account: “Not in my name. The said banner was the initiative of trade unionists – who did not seek the Ministry’s permission.”
The anti-austerity activists are said to have unfurled the banner after the release of Tsipras’ latest letter to Greece’s creditors, dated June 30, which leaked earlier today.