Around 5,000 Greek Communist party supporters rally in Syntagma Square to express opposition to the country's government and an upcoming referendum on austerity measures. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Around 5,000 people took to the streets of central Athens on Thursday (July 2) to support a rally by members of the country's Communist Party KKE. Waving the party's red flag, they met on the famous Syntagma Square in front of the Greek parliament where the party's head expressed his opposition to the current government, saying that no matter what the outcome of Sunday's (July 5) referendum on austerity demands, the Greek people would be the ones who suffer. "Next Monday the government will either clinch a new, a brutal agreement or our exit from the euro will start. Whichever of the two happens, it is our people who will go bankrupt. This is why we keep telling you that the Syriza proposal was from the outset a dead-end for the people," Dimitris Koutsoumbas told the crowds. Greece has been plunged into political and economic turmoil during the past week after the country failed to repay a 1.6 billion euro loan to the International Monetary Fund when talks with international creditors failed. The government also took the decision to impose capital controls, closing banks across the country and limiting ATM withdrawals to 60 euros per day. This in turn has caused long queues at bank machines and anger on the streets. Leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called for a referendum on Sunday (July 5) to decide whether or not the country should accept the austerity demands required by international lenders to receive a further bailout. Opinions across the country have been split on the best way forward, but one Communist Party supporter told Reuters TV that Greeks should vote "no" to stop what he described as "blackmail".