Greeks are flying back to their homeland to vote in what is likely to be the most important issue of their lifetime.

Polls are still mixed ahead of the bailout referendum. No one is willing to suggest which way the voting public may go.

In a ten-minute televised address, to more than 25,000 enthusiastic supporters, Prime Minister Alex Tsipras urged the people of Greece, in front of the Athenian Syntagna Square, to vote No.

“Right is on our side,” he rallied. “To have freedom you must have boldness and virtue.”

Prime Minister Tsipras reiterated that a vote of ‘No’ against austerity did not mean Greece had to leave the Eurozone. Instead he painted the referendum before the Greek people as deciding whether or not ‘Greece would live with dignity in Europe.’

“On Sunday, what is at stake is not Greece’s membership in Europe, what is at stake is whether blackmail will lead us to accept the continuation of a policy which the lenders themselves recognise is a dead end.

“On Sunday, what is at stake is whether we will give our consent to the slow death of the economy.

“Greece is the cradle of civilisation. We won’t allow the technocrats of austerity to rape Europe again, and to take Europe away from us.”

Rallies are taking place, both for and against the proposed bailout package, all around the country. Police are also out in force. They are armed with fire extinguishers and pepper spray. Gangs armed with Molotov cocktails have vented their fury on many banks and foreign storeowners.

The Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, has repeated his message from Thursday that Greece is on a ‘War footing’. He has said the country has enough fuel, food and pharmaceuticals to last four to six months.

He told of how he has created a special ‘war room’ close to his office to keep the country steady through these turbulent times, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s referendum.

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