Greek debt crisis: Euro chiefs should visit this austerity hell with tales of despair on every street

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Greek debt crisis: Euro chiefs should visit this austerity hell with tales of despair on every street

Queues at every cash machine outside closed banks and pensions halved in value greeted Mirror columnist when he arrived in Greece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
REUTERS Passionate: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech at an anti-austerity rally in Syntagma Square in Athens

The minute you step out of Athens airport, you know ­something is very wrong in the birthplace of democracy.

A sign at the Metro ticket office tells you travel into the city is free. Local buses are free too – because nobody has enough money.

There are queues at every cash machine because the banks are shut and you can only withdraw £40 a day.

Old people can’t get their pensions, which have halved in value.

Welcome to austerity Greece, a country hit by five years of recession and crisis, a tragedy on which the referendum was meant to bring down the curtain.

Athens was relatively quiet during voting, which ended at dusk, but all archeological sites closed four hours early and police were on standby for trouble.

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