Europe

Greece voices: 'Move forward united'

On Sunday night, the people of Greece voted "No" to creditors' demands for further austerity measures, a move that saw the resignation of Yanis Varoufakis on Monday morning.

However, people across Greece and Greek social media, both "Yes" and "No" voters, remain uncertain about the future of the economy and the currency of their nation.


Antonios Tsalpatouros, pharmacist

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Media captionPharmacist Antonios Tsalpatouros spoke to the BBC's Jasmine Coleman

"All the country is in alarm... We must change the game," pharmacist Antonios Tsalpatouros told the BBC.

Stocks of some medicines are running out in Greek pharmacies as banks remain closed amid the country's debt crisis.

There are limits on how many products they can order in on a daily basis.

Many do not have the money to order what they need because they are owed payments from the government.


Image copyright Kostas Bokos
Image caption Although hopeful for the situation in Greece, Kostas says his family's future is now in Britain

Kostas Bokos, business owner, Athens

I have a business in Greece which has been hard hit by the crisis and many of its implications.

Things here - businesses, the economy - have ground to a halt. Whoever has some access abroad is looking for a way out.

Having seen the results has confirmed that my decision to close my business a week before the referendum was called was the right one.

I foresaw what was going to happen two weeks ago, somebody told me there may be a referendum and I closed up my business.

It has also finalised my decision about my family's future being back in Britain. I'm out of here on 4 August.

Being in the centre of Athens for the last seven years, my business has taken all the brunt of everything that has happened as a result of the crisis.

This morning, I felt a little better than expected.

The prime minister's speech tried to bring everyone together and go back to Europe, saying what we actually want is a better deal.

Instead of extreme desperation, I feel a bit of hope. Varoufakis has resigned - we all thought that would be done - and the ECB [European Central Bank] may send more money.

We're worried we'll run out of medicine, I haven't paid my mortgage or bills, but there's last-minute hope.


Orlando Economos, international student, Athens

Image copyright Orlando Economos
Image caption "There is nothing more to do than to stand by those people and their democratic decision," says Orlando

The mood this morning really depends on who you talk to.

People who voted "Yes", they're cautious. Heading home after the result last night, I saw people lined up at ATMs - more than I'd seen before.

They were concerned about getting their money out, that their money would become worthless.

People who voted "No" believe they've won the battle.

But on the street, it's business as usual. Looking out of the window, it doesn't look like a crisis.

Initially, I was in favour of the "Yes" vote simply because it has less risk - but less payoff - as a "No" vote risks Greece leaving the Euro.

However, I am extremely proud of the people of Greece for standing up to a campaign of fear run by the European nations and their leaders.

Whatever you think of the vote and its results, if you support Greece and the Greek people, there is nothing more to do than to stand by those people and their democratic decision, and find a workable solution and a way forward.

Greece must move forward united.


Image copyright Konstantinos Gkourloumenos
Image caption Konstantinos agreed to pay his part of the Greek debt, but believes others have not paid their share

Konstantinos Gkourloumenos, web designer, Evros

Everything is very calm here. Everybody is waiting for negotiations to start again, for the next moves from Brussels.

I feel happy because the "No" vote had a very big win, and I feel confused about the future of the currency.

I'm working for the government. My salary was reduced by half after the debt was announced.

My part of the debt, I calculated, was about €30,000 (£21,300). I agreed to half my salary being taken - but the debt remains, so somebody didn't pay.

Pensioners and workers paid, but the rich didn't.

This morning I am hopeful, but it isn't easy. A lot of my colleagues have left already to work in other countries.


The referendum on social media

  • Since Monday 29 June the #oxi hashtag has been tweeted approximately 670,000 times, and the #nai equivalent nearly 50,000 times
  • Together the peak time for tweeting either term was 19:00-20:00 BST on Sunday, with 68,663 tweets within the hour; a time when only half the votes had been declared but "No" supporters had begun to declare a victory
  • The most influential tweet of the Monday morning was from @reddimples45m - a Kuwait-based news tweeter
Image copyright Twitter / @reddimples45
  • Meanwhile, on Facebook, people in Greece gave their reaction
  • Among the most popular responses were from Michael Apostolakis, who said: "This is not the Europe of its people! It's the Europe of crude bankers and technocracts!"
  • Richard Keep posted: "The Sun is shining, the supermarkets are stocked, we have petrol, life is good here in Crete."
  • Katerina Tsoutsi wrote: "Proud!! But let's see what happens next."
  • While Nikos Verdelis Katsinis said: "Everything will change dramatically to the worse - this is the only certainty I have! Europe tried to help and we should be thankful for that. Instead of gratitude, we exhibited our worst possible self."

Interviews and written by Richard Irvine-Brown

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