SPLIT: The No campaign gained support from Britain (above), Turkey, France, Spain and Portugal.
SPLIT: The No campaign gained support from Britain (above), Turkey, France, Spain and Portugal. JACK TAYLORAFP

Confusion in Greece over referendum

GREECE was divided heading into the referendum to decide the country's economic fate.

Support for the rival Yes and No campaigns over accepting the country's creditors' bailout proposal was split, but 10% was undecided in a pre-vote poll.

The overwhelming opinion was Greeks wanted to vote No to austerity, but Yes to staying part of the European common currency.

But voters have struggled to understand the referendum question, which asks Greeks to vote on the complex credit proposals put forward by the European Commission, the

International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.

The long queues for cash from ATMs because of the bank closures soured the public as they began to feel the pressure on their lifestyles.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hoped his push for a No vote would boost his bargaining power with the country's creditors.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis accused creditors of frightening voters into accepting austerity.

''What they're doing to Greece has a name: terrorism,'' he said.


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