Greece Prime Minister And College Student Appear To Have Difference Of Opinion On Confidence Vote


Before the vote, Mr. Papandreou called on Parliament and the people to show responsibility and seize "a critical opportunity to save the country from default." "All Greeks have the duty and the ability to change this country," he said. He defended the country’s foreign creditors, who have become a lightning rod for popular fury, saying, "They are giving us a helping hand in difficult times." But tens of thousands of people gathered outside Parliament, many voicing rage at foreign lenders they see as a kind of occupying power and a government they blame for Greece’s financial crisis. “They destroyed the country,” said Terpsichore Theofili, 23, a history student, as she stood in the crowd in Syntagma Square outside parliament. “They should pay, not us,” she added. [NYT]