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Greek Finance Crisis - The People Speak

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Uploaded on Nov 8, 2011

As the eurozone crisis rumbles on, Greece has once again found itself the focus of international attention. And it seems like everyone has an opinion on the situation here in the country. So we've decided to come to Syntagma Square, which has been the epicenter of so much of the crisis, to find out what the Greek people think about it all. We set up the camera and the mic and let the people of Greece take it away.

Boy and girl with placard:

"Hello! We are in Greece!"

First man:

"What I want to ask all the people is why are Greeks blamed?"

Youth:

"I think that everything is made more important than it actually is. It's like they're trying to frighten us or something like that."

First woman:

"Hi! My name's Viki. I'm a Greek Canadian, I've been living in the country for 10 years now. My grandfather fought for this country and it saddens me that right now there is a chance we might lose everything we know in this country. And there is really not much we can do."

First man:

"And I want to ask something else. If all the Europeans know that all this debt cannot be paid back, why do they lend all this money to us? Don't they want their money back?"

Second woman:

"The thing with the situation right now in Greece is that we don't feel very secure about anything -- about our jobs, about our salaries. And at my age thinking about the children I'm going to make, and the decisions I have to do, it's really sad. Everybody here thinks that things could be better."

Second man:

"There's something more than disappointment, there's something more, they're angry."

Third man:

"Because there is a lot of unemployment in Greece now, people in Greece are very skeptical about the euro, I think it's better that we are in euro. Of course. Definitely. But there are some serious problems. A lot of people lost their jobs."

Second man:

"You don't know what happens tomorrow, you can't plan your life."

Third woman:

"I'm 20 years old and I don't have a job. I have to live with my parents. I don't have money. I can't live."

Second woman:

"I ask everybody to be calm, and try their best to get out of this crisis. And I really hope that everybody can help us to do that."

First man:

"Greece is a European country and Europe is a Greek word. A Greek word."

First woman:

"I hope something can be done so we can save this beautiful country, and pass it on to our grandchildren and their children after that."

Presenter:

"The people of Greece have stepped up to the mic and had a chance to have their say. The question is though whether anyone's going to listen or whether decisions are going to keep being made behind closed doors."




Sara Firth, RT, Syntagma Square in Athens.

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