At least 20,000 people, many waving European and Greek flags and blowing whistles, gathered in front of parliament in Syntagma square five days before a referendum on whether or not to accept the bailout.
    
The cry "resign!" sounded repeatedly through the crowds, with families, businessmen and the retired braving the rain to vent their anger against Tspiras and his radical left Syriza party.
    
Negotiations with Athens's creditors fell apart after Tsipras called a shock referendum on their proposals, and demonstrators were furious too with Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.
    
"Don't you Varoufuck Greece" read one banner held aloft, while another read "Greece is Europe". Tspiras was forced to impose capital controls after news of the breakdown in talks sent anxious Greeks rushing to ATMs to withdraw their savings in case of a Greek exit from the euroz one.
    
Banks shut their doors for a week, while withdrawals at cash machines were topped at 60 euros (USD 66). "The banks will re-open on Sunday, and they will reopen with the Drachma," said Polivias, a civil engineer, referring to the currency used in Greece before it joined the euro in 2001.
    
Lawyer Vassiliki Salaka said those in charge of Greece now were "incompetent, they lack organisation, they don't know what they want.


Yesterday's rally came a day after 17,000 people took to the streets of Athens and Thessaloniki to support Tsipras, saying they would heed his call to vote against the latest deal in Sunday's referendum -- despite risks it could send the country crashing out of the eurozone.

 

 

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