The party is in full swing in Syntagma Square in Athens where the ‘No’ campaigners declared a victory amidst boos at the name of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
There has been no sign of ‘Yes’ supporters and an absence of police as revelers danced to Zorba the Greek and waved flags., chanting: Oxi, oxi, oxi.”
Gregory Pierroutsakos (pictured) of the E.P.A.M. party told a cheering crowd it was time to go back to the drachma.
“This is the first step towards freedom for the Greek people. We are not for sale. This is a big no to Merkel.”
Another impassioned speaker declared: “We say no to a German Europe. We say yes to a Europe with solidarity with friendship. We have already said no three times with history. The first no was in 1821 to the Turks. The scond was in 1942 against Germans. Today is the third no.”
During the day Greek families travelling to the beach who had voted earlier said they were voting no though conviction that Europe would not turn its back on Greece.
“We can’t believe they would throw us out. It would be bad for everyone,” said grandmother of three Maria Perro. “Everyone has so much to lose. But no one can take any more austerity.
“The problem is so many people have cheated and not paid tax. We are in a complete mess whatever happens.”
Today small change has been running out and even the Acropolis Museum struggled to find change for a 20 euro note for a 5 euro entrance fee, as Greeks withdraw their daily 60 euro allowance from ATMs.
On the islands, such as Corfu, the majority of shops, restaurants and room landlords I spoke to are demanding cash, not cards, even though this is an illegal demand.