On Sunday the people of Greece went to the polls to vote in a historic
referendum and noted NO! The campaign storms to victory with 61.31% of the vote!
They had two choices: Yes, which will mean accepting unconditional austerity for generations with no debt relief; or No, which will mean rejecting the terms presented to them and demanding a realistic and democratic resolution to the debt crisis.
Nottingham Peoples Assembly stands in solidarity the people of Greece making this difficult decision and hopes that they will have the courage to see past the messages of fear being spread by those in power and vote No on Sunday. The conditions demanded by the troika of lenders would condemn future generations of Greeks to poverty, complete the task of asset-stripping of the Greek economy and open it up to vulture capitalists from all over the world.
Greeks are being swamped by messages from politicians, bureaucrats and media outlets all over the world telling them that the 'No' vote would mean exiting the Euro and a return to the Drachma, shorthand for economic collapse and uncertainty. This might be true, but uncertainty is better than certain poverty, and the 'No' vote would open the way for people in Greece to take back control of their destiny from the unelected bureaucrats currently dictating terms.
We feel that it is important to send a message from ordinary people elsewhere in Europe: we are with you, we support you and we will stand by you after the referendum.