MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Thousands of Greeks gathered at Syntagma Square, the central square of Athens Tuesday, who wanted to vote "Yes" in the upcoming referendum just hours before the bailout deal expires.
The pro-bailout deal rally began in Athens at 7.30 p.m. local time [17:30 GMT], according to Twitter posts of the participants and organizers.
On Monday, thousands of Greeks, including several members of the Greek government, gathered at the Hellenic Parliament Building in central Athens in a protest against international creditors' demands to continue strict austerity measures.
Greece's current debt exceeds $350 billion, of which $270 billion is owed to the international creditors — the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Union countries.
Athens' current bailout deal with its creditors expires Tuesday midnight. The negotiations between the sides on extending the deal in exchange for austerity reforms have deadlocked.
On Tuesday, Greece was due to deliver the $1.7-billion payment to IMF, but Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis stated that the country will not make the payment.