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Greek protesters denounce terms of European bailout deal

Monday, July 13, 2015 - 01:12

Hundreds of anti-austerity protesters gather in front of the parliament in Athens to decry debt deal accepted by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Diane Hodges reports.

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Carrying banners reading, in Greek, "End the bailout -- cut the debt," protesters gathered in front of the parliament building in Athens to vent their anger over the deal accepted by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. (UPSOT OF DIMITRIS MITROPOULOS) This 39-year-old teacher called the deal struck by Tsipras a "betrayal" of the principles he had espoused only one week before, when he called on the Greek people to reject tough austerity measures in a national referendum. They did, and this unemployed sailor said the Greek people need to stand by those results. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) 40 YEAR-OLD UNEMPLOYED SAILOR, MANOLIS, SAYING: "The people need to send a message, just as they sent one from the polls last week, that these measures will not be accepted. They are not allowed. We need to stand tall and be strong." The deal drawn up by European leaders would require the Greek parliament to surrender much of the country's sovereignty. The plan will have to be passed by Wednesday night. Opponents are refusing to agree to it. They say the deal shreds the anti-austerity promises that brought Tsipras to power just five months ago. But supporters say refusing the deal will leave the Greek economy in tatters.

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Greek protesters denounce terms of European bailout deal

Monday, July 13, 2015 - 01:12