Greek referendum: "What they are doing to Greece is terrorism" says Yanis Varoufakis

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Varoufakis confirmed that he will resign his position if the Yes campaign wins on Sunday (Source: Getty)

Yanis Varoufakis has injected some more colour into the rhetoric surrounding the Greek referendum tomorrow, labelling the country’s creditors as “terrorists”.

Speaking to Spain’s centre-right El Mundo newspaper, Greece’s finance minister was blunt: "What they’re doing with Greece has a name: terrorism."

When pushed on whether he would stand by this definition, he continued:

It’s terrorism. Why have they forced us to close the banks? To increase fear among the people. When one tries to spread terror, that phenomenon is called terrorism. But trust that terror won’t win.

Varoufakis also confirmed that he would resign his position if the Yes campaign (to accept creditors’ terms) won on Sunday.

As I’ve already said, I would prefer to cut off my own arm than sign an agreement that isn’t viable. If the Yes campaign wins, I’ll resign as finance minister as soon as the result is confirmed.

He said he was unsure if the government would resign en-masse in the face of a Yes vote.

I can’t speak for the rest [of the government], only for myself. What I will tell you is that I wouldn’t sign an agreement that I’m convinced is bad for Greece and bad for Europe for anything in the world.

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