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Opening New Page in History: Greferendum Celebrations

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July 5 became a historic day in Greece’s modern history. The results of the Greek referendum (“Greferendum”) may plunge the country into a deep economic crisis or become a springboard for an economic miracle – no one can say for sure now. But Greeks will remember this day for years – the day when they took full responsibility for their future.

July 5, 2015, became a historic day in Greece’s modern history. The results of the Greek referendum (“Greferendum”) may plunge the country into a deep economic crisis or become a springboard for an economic miracle – no one can say for sure now. But Greeks will remember this day for years – the day when they took full responsibility for their future.

© REUTERS / Marko DjuricaTen million Greeks were eligible to vote for or against a set of austerity measures proposed by international creditors in exchange for financial assistance.

Above: "No" supporters celebrate referendum results on a street in central in Athens, Greece July 5, 2015.
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Ten million Greeks were eligible to vote for or against a set of austerity measures proposed by international creditors in exchange for financial assistance.

Above: "No" supporters celebrate referendum results on a street in central in Athens, Greece July 5, 2015.
© AFP 2021 / Louisa GouliamakiThe 62.5-percent turnout surpassed the required minimum of 40 percent and reached the level of the snap parliamentary elections in January.

Above: Greek parliament's president and Syriza party member, Zoe Kostantopoulou (C) embraces a 'No' supporter, as she joins the celebrations in front of the parliament late in Athens on July 5, 2015.
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The 62.5-percent turnout surpassed the required minimum of 40 percent and reached the level of the snap parliamentary elections in January.

Above: Greek parliament's president and Syriza party member, Zoe Kostantopoulou (C) embraces a 'No' supporter, as she joins the celebrations in front of the parliament late in Athens on July 5, 2015.
© AP Photo / Petros KaradjiasAbove: Supporters of the No vote dance after the first results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens, July 5, 2015.
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Above: Supporters of the No vote dance after the first results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens, July 5, 2015.
© REUTERS / Marko DjuricaThe “Greferendum” was announced by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on June 27 and a day later approved by the president and the parliament.

Above: Riot police detain masked youth during minor clashes in central Athens, Greece early July 6, 2015.
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The “Greferendum” was announced by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on June 27 and a day later approved by the president and the parliament.

Above: Riot police detain masked youth during minor clashes in central Athens, Greece early July 6, 2015.
© AFP 2021 / Louisa GouliamakiTsipras, as well as his team, promised to step down should Greeks support the proposed deal.

Above: People light red flares while celebrating the 'No' victory in the Greek referendum late in Athens on July 5, 2015.
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Tsipras, as well as his team, promised to step down should Greeks support the proposed deal.

Above: People light red flares while celebrating the 'No' victory in the Greek referendum late in Athens on July 5, 2015.
© AP Photo / Petros GiannakourisAbove: Young girls wave Greek flags as supporters of the No vote react after the first results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens, July 5, 2015.
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Above: Young girls wave Greek flags as supporters of the No vote react after the first results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens, July 5, 2015.
© AP Photo / Petros GiannakourisAlexis Tsipras advocated the “No-vote” and hoped that it would help Greece secure better leverage in talks with the creditors.

Above: Supporters of the "No-vote" react after the first results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens, Sunday, July 5, 2015.
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Alexis Tsipras advocated the “No-vote” and hoped that it would help Greece secure better leverage in talks with the creditors.

Above: Supporters of the "No-vote" react after the first results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens, Sunday, July 5, 2015.
© REUTERS / Marko DjuricaTsipras’ predecessor Antonis Samaras called the referendum a mistake and warned that negative voting would expel Greece from the Eurozone.

Above: A petrol bomb explodes next to riot police during minor clashes in central Athens, Greece early July 6, 2015.
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Tsipras’ predecessor Antonis Samaras called the referendum a mistake and warned that negative voting would expel Greece from the Eurozone.

Above: A petrol bomb explodes next to riot police during minor clashes in central Athens, Greece early July 6, 2015.
© AFP 2021 / Louisa GouliamakiOpinion polls conducted on the eve of the referendum showed that Greek society was split: the “Yes” and “No” positions ran neck and neck, having a narrow lead in different surveys.

Above: People celebrate in Athens on July 5, 2015 after the first exit-polls of the Greek referendum.
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Opinion polls conducted on the eve of the referendum showed that Greek society was split: the “Yes” and “No” positions ran neck and neck, having a narrow lead in different surveys.

Above: People celebrate in Athens on July 5, 2015 after the first exit-polls of the Greek referendum.
© AP Photo / Petros KaradjiasIn the historic referendum, 61.31 percent of Greeks voted against the deal; 38.69 percent voted in its favor.

Above: Results of the referendum are projected on the wall of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Sunday, July 5, 2015.
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In the historic referendum, 61.31 percent of Greeks voted against the deal; 38.69 percent voted in its favor.

Above: Results of the referendum are projected on the wall of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Sunday, July 5, 2015.
© REUTERS / Marko DjuricaAlexis Tsipras praised the referendum, describing it as a victory of democracy, whereas Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the vote was “regrettable”.

Above: "No" supporters celebrate referendum results on a street in central Athens, Greece July 5, 2015.
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Alexis Tsipras praised the referendum, describing it as a victory of democracy, whereas Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the vote was “regrettable”.

Above: "No" supporters celebrate referendum results on a street in central Athens, Greece July 5, 2015.
© REUTERS / Alkis Konstantinidis Whatever the consequences will be, the referendum certainly started a new page in Greek history.

Above: A general view shows anti-austerity "No" voters who gathered to celebrate in front of the Greek parliament in Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece July 5, 2015.
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Whatever the consequences will be, the referendum certainly started a new page in Greek history.

Above: A general view shows anti-austerity "No" voters who gathered to celebrate in front of the Greek parliament in Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece July 5, 2015.
© AP Photo / Petros KaradjiasAbove: Supporters of the "No" vote celebrate after the results of the referendum in Synatagma square in central Athens, July 5, 2015.
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Above: Supporters of the "No" vote celebrate after the results of the referendum in Synatagma square in central Athens, July 5, 2015.
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