Greece: Vote #OXI -- Alexis Tsipras' speech
at the final rally before 'Greferendum'

Citizens of Athens. Greek people.

Today we are not protesting. Today we are celebrating. Today democracy is celebrating. Democracy is a celebration. Democracy is joy, democracy is salvation, democracy is a way out, and today we are celebrating the victory of democracy.

No matter what Monday brings, in the morning ... we already are victorious. Greece has sent out a message of dignity, of pride. Nobody can ignore this passion, nobody can ignore this eagerness for life, the eagerness for hope, the eagerness for optimism.

Today ... today we are celebrating our decisiveness, to take our fate into our own hands and to give word to Greek people, give the thought to Greek people.

Today we are celebrating and singing in order to overcome fear, in order to overcome blackmail. In Europe, the Europe that we have known, the Europe whose founding principles have nothing whatsoever to do with blackmailing, and ultimatums.

Today the others - the entirety of Eurupe - has arisen, and turned to you, Greek people. Turned to 3 million poor people, 1.5 unemployed people ... today the entire planet has eyes turned to Syntagma square, to the small and big squares of our country. They have their eyes turned to the place where democracy was born. It is the place that give the opportunity to democracy to come back, to come back to Europe, because we want Europe to come back to its establishing principles.

To the principles it had been casting aside for so many years in order to implement inpurses (?) and programs of austerity foreign people to make choices beyond their will.

Citizens of Athens, Greek people.

On Sunday all of us, united, will send out a message of democracy and dignity to Europe, and the world over, who are sending again a message of hate to the peoples, because on Sunday we are not merely deciding on staying in Europe. We will be deciding to live in Europe with dignity, to work and to make progress in Europe, to be equals among equals in Europe.

And believe me, nobody has the right to threaten that they will detach Greece from its natural geographic place, nobody has the right to threaten that they will divide Europe.

Greece, our homeland, has been and will go on being the cradle of the European civilization. it was from this land - according to mythology - that Zeus took Europe. And it is from this precise place that the technocrats of austerity want to rape Europe once again.

So we shall say No!, we shall say No! to them on Sunday. We will not let Europe fall into the hands of all thsoe who want to take it away from its democratic tradition, its democratic activity, from its democratic principles, the principles establishing democracy, solidarity, and mutual respect.

Citizens of Athens, men and women of all ages.

You have gathered here today, flocking to Syntagma square. Blocking the streets of Athens and other big cities, defying the crescendo of scare mongering, and the terrorism of the past few days.

Citizens of Athens, Greek people.

The Greek people have, many times throughout the course of their history, proven that they know how to return ultimatums. On certain occasions ultimatums can be returned.

The brightest leaves and pages of the history of this place, and the most glorious leaves of the history of our people were leaves and pages of virtue and of courage. So I am calling upon you to write historic, uplifitng moments of freedom again. I am calling upon you to say No! to ultimatums, a big and proud No! To turn your backs to those people who terrorize you on a daily basis.

And on Monday, no matter what the outcome of the democratic process - of the popular verdict will be - the verdict of this proces that somebocy feared and wanted to prevent - no matter what the outcome is on Monday, we should say a definitive No! to national division, no matter what we decide on Sunday. On Monday Greek men and women have nothing whatsoever to divide [us]. Together we shall fight, united, to construct a Greece which will be far better than the Greece that was destroyed after five years of destruction.

Finally, I appeal to you to shut your ears to the sirens of scare mongering. To decide with your hearts and your minds. To calmly decide. To decide for a Greece which will be proud in a democratic Europe. For a small people that has been fighting it out without swords and bullets, but a small people that has been fighting having in their hands the most powerful weapons on the planet: fairness. We are right. Fairness is on our side. We shall be victorous. Nobody can hide this. Nobody can hide that we are right!

Citizens of Athens, Greek people.

Freedom takes courage and virtue. Here we - all of us - have both virtue and courage. And we are free. We are breathing the air of freedom, no matter what happens we shall be the winners. Greece has won. Democracy has won. Blackmail and threats have been defeated.

Farewell. Be strong! With pride and dignity No! will write history. We will progress, Greece and Europe, of democrcy and solidarity. Farewell.