Trade unions hijacked Greece's Finance Ministry with a huge anti-austerity banner

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is calling for the nation to vote “No” in Sunday’s bailout referendum and there’s a huge banner on a key public building saying the same thing.

A banner has gone up on Greece’s Finance Ministry in Athens that reads “No to blackmail and austerity” in both Greek and English.

A banner is seen unfolded from a balcony of the Finance Ministry in Athens, Greece, July 1, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has written to international creditors saying Greece could accept their last bailout offer if some conditions were changed, but Germany expressed scepticism while saying the door was still open for negotiationsREUTERS/Yannis BehrakisA banner is seen unfolded from a balcony of the Finance Ministry in Athens, Greece, July 1, 2015.

Despite it echoing Tsipras’ call to the Greek people, the government has distanced itself from the banner. Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis blamed trade unions, tweeting this:

The Unions may have been spurred to hang the banner following the release of Tsipras’ latest letter to Greece’s creditors, dated June 30, which leaked earlier today , which appeared to show him caving in to most of the Eurogroup’s demands. The banner went up in the hours inbetween the leak and Tsipras’ address backing a “No” vote.

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