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Anti-Austerity Protests in Greece - 30 Jun 2015
Tens of thousands of Greeks rallied on Monday to back their leftwing government's rejection of a tough international bailout after a clash with foreign lenders pushed Greece close to financial chaos and forced a shutdown of its banking system.

With a popular referendum on the bailout planned for Sunday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras put his own position on the line, saying he would respect the result of the vote but would not lead a government to administer "austerity in perpetuity."

"If the Greek people want to have a humiliated prime minister, there are a lot of them out there. It won't be me," he said in an interview on Greek state television as one of the biggest rallies seen in Athens in years was taking place.

The show of defiance came at the end of a day that started with stunned Greeks waking up to face shuttered banks, long supermarket lines and overwhelming uncertainty over Greece's future in the euro zone.

European leaders and policy makers, wrong-footed by Tsipras' shock announcement of the referendum in the early hours of Saturday morning, warned that it would be a plebiscite on Greece's future as a member of the single currency.

With Greece hours away from defaulting on a 1.6 billion euro (£1.14 billion) loan from the International Monetary Fund, the crisis has escalated quickly.
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June 29, 2015
Protesters attend an anti-austerity rally in front of the parliament building in Athens, Greece, June...
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Protesters attend an anti-austerity rally in front of the parliament building in Athens
Protesters attend an anti-austerity rally in front of the parliament building in Athens, Greece, June 29, 2015. Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. REUTERS/Marko Djurica TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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June 29, 2015
A protester kneels to pay his respect in front of a Greek flag during an anti-austerity rally in Athens,...
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Protester kneels to pay his respect in front of a Greek flag during an anti-austerity rally in Athens...
A protester kneels to pay his respect in front of a Greek flag during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece, June 29, 2015. Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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June 29, 2015
Demonstrators gather to protest against the European Central Bank's handling of Greece's debt repayments,...
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Demonstrators gather to protest against the European Central Bank's handling of the Greece's debt repayments...
Demonstrators gather to protest against the European Central Bank's handling of Greece's debt repayments, in Trafalgar Square in London, Britain, June 29, 2015. Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis. REUTERS/Neil Hall TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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June 29, 2015
A protester holds a placard with the word "No" as another kneels to pay his respect in front of a Greek...
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Protester holds a placard as another kneels to pay his respect in front of a Greek flag during an anti-austerity...
A protester holds a placard with the word "No" as another kneels to pay his respect in front of a Greek flag during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece, June 29, 2015. Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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June 29, 2015
Demonstrators gather to protest against the European Central Bank's handling of Greece's debt repayments,...
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Demonstrators gather in London to protest against the European Central Bank's handling of Greece's debt...
Demonstrators gather to protest against the European Central Bank's handling of Greece's debt repayments, in Trafalgar Square in London, Britain June 29, 2015. Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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June 29, 2015
A protester kneels to pay his respect in front of a Greek flag during an anti-austerity rally in Athens,...
Athens, Greece
A protester kneels to pay his respect in front of a Greek flag during an anti-austerity rally in Athens...
A protester kneels to pay his respect in front of a Greek flag during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece, June 29, 2015. Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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June 29, 2015
A protester waves a Greek flag during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece, June 29, 2015. Stunned...
Athens, Greece
Protester waves a Greek flag during an anti-austerity rally in Athens
A protester waves a Greek flag during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece, June 29, 2015. Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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June 29, 2015
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Protesters hold banners in front of the parliament building during an anti-austerity rally in Athens
Protesters hold banners in front of the parliament building during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece, June 29, 2015. Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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June 29, 2015
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Protesters wave a Greek flag during an anti-austerity rally in Athens
Protesters wave a Greek flag in front of riot police guarding the parliament during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece, June 29, 2015. Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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June 29, 2015
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A couple writes on a placard supporting Greece during a pro-Greece protest in front of the European Union office in Barcelona, Spain, June 29, 2015. The placard reads: "FMI + Troika = Criminals ". REUTERS/Albert Gea
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June 29, 2015
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A protester holds a banner in Greek colors in front of the parliament building during an anti-austerity...
A protester holds a banner in Greek colors in front of the parliament building during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece, June 29, 2015. Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis. The word on the banner reads "No". REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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June 29, 2015
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Riot police stand guard in front of the parliament building during an anti-austerity rally in Athens
Riot police stand guard in front of the parliament building during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece, June 29, 2015. Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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