More than half of the governing left-wing SYRIZA party's central committee has signed a statement slamming the agreement Greece reached with its European creditors earlier this week, describing it as a coup against their nation by European leaders.
The statement, signed by 109 of the committee's 201 members, says the agreement was "the result of threats of immediate financial strangulation" and is a new bailout with "humiliating terms of supervision, destructive for our country and its people."
Greece's parliament is expected to vote Wednesday on the austerity bill required to get a new bailout package.
"On July 12 a coup was carried out in Brussels that proved that the aim of the European leadership was the exemplary annihilation of a people who envisaged that another path could be followed beyond the neoliberal model of extreme austerity," the statement says. "A coup that goes directly against any kind of notion of democracy and popular sovereignty." [AP]