It’s been less than 48 hours, since the Greek referendum resulted in a 61.3% “No” vote. “No” voters celebrated on Sunday night in Syntagma Square in Athens, but there are a variety of opinions regarding the outcome. We have asked Greek citizens to share with us their reaction to the result of the referendum. Here are their replies:
Thanos Petrelis, 39, singer
“I don’t want to take sides about the referendum’s result. We knew in advance that despite a “yes” or a “no” vote, the country was and is at a financial dead end. People chose a “no” vote, from now on it’s the government’s responsibility to take this decision and negotiate in the best possible way for a better future for us and our children”.
“The referendum result shows that Greece said a big NO to tougher measures”.
Eva Chionaki, 22, Teacher
“The referendum result shows that Greece said a big NO to tougher measures. Democracy and popular sovereignty won. The Greek people rejected harsh austerity that has touched all ages and all social groups and leads only to a dead end and continuous recession of the economy. A new dialogue should begin based on sustainable solutions. I am optimistic”.
Elly, 27, student
“We could call it chaos in one word. Political and economic instability for Greece. Things will go out of control if we don’t reach an agreement due to the lack of governance. Without banks, money and functional public sectors, such as courts of justice, there will be a social explosion. “Yes” and “no” voters will unite to one front over time and maybe the government will become a regime that will lead to social and economic isolation, like the one of Hotxa in Albania”.
“We can no longer control our destiny, we are at the mercy of our creditors”.
George Tsoukaladakis, 42, Entrepreneur
“It’s a tragic outcome because it helps our enemies outside of Greece to get rid of us, once and for good. The Greek government skillfully hid what was really at stake on the referendum’s voting options and therefore consciously deceived the Greek people. Nobody knew exactly what they were voting for. Moreover, the financial cost of the referendum, further explodes the already heavily wounded- almost deceased greek economy and spreads discord among Greek people. We can no longer control our destiny, we are at the mercy of our creditors. We will suffer. To what degree, we will find out in the near future”.
Vasilis Santrias, 23, Unemployed
“I believe the outcome is a clear vote of confidence to Tsipras and shows that Greeks value the pride of being Greek more than certain people and hard situations. I trust Tsipras and I ‘m very confident of what is coming. Future will be certainly better. Europe needs Greece and Greece needs Europe, a common ground will be found”!
“At last, Greeks had the opportunity to decide for their future, after 45 years”.
Anonymous, 27, entrepreneur
“Total national destruction”.
Nikos L, 54, Metal Constructions
“At last, Greeks had the opportunity to decide for their future, after 45 years. Now, in case Greek government won’t reach an agreement with our creditors, things will be tougher for us Greeks, but it’s worth it”.
Nick Romanos, 34, Psychologist
“I don’t see any reason why the referendum was done! It had a huge cost for economy and society. The situation now is worse than ever and the measures needed if agreement is reached will be the worst ever! This referendum will be the beginning of Tsipras end. I hope it’s not the beginning of Greece’s end as well”…
Themis Stefanou, 38, Senior Investment Adviser
“A solid outcome that allows both sides to go back to the negotiation table aiming at finding a long term, concrete and sustainable solution by addressing the debt issue as well. An excellent opportunity for Europe to re-establish its fundamental values for the benefit of European citizens and taxpayers”.