"Come on, Alexander the Great! Lead us!"- cried out a young girl from the crowd gathered in Omonia Square on Thursday evening, where Alexis Tsipras gave his official closing speech before the election day. A sea of people and flags could be seen in depth. Old and new sympathizers of the radical left had gathered to hear and see the new guru of Greek politics. Tsipras again bet on the formula "either us, or catastrophe," which is used equally by pro- and anti-memorandum parties.
"Memorandum or hope. Our nation has responded to this critical dilemma – hope, SYRIZA, change, people's power, democracy." He explained that SYRIZA will come to power to hold a peaceful revolution and promised like his other predecessors, that he will lead the country to prosperity and growth by eliminating clientilist mentality in the public sector, by fighting corruption and creating new hope for young people.
The majority of listeners and observers were youths and people up to forty years old. Many party members, trade union leaders, community leaders and some local actors could be seen among the people in Omonia Square. The fans of the new electoral favourites responded enthusiastically whenever Tsipras criticized his political opponents from PASOK and New Democracy or defied Angela Merkel, that the end of her unjust politics against weaker European nations was coming. He was particularly offensive to Antonis Samaras and described him as dangerous and a provoker of chaos. His signature on the guarantee that he will fulfil the obligations of Greece to the Memorandum of financial aid was an evidence of the destructive force of the right party. "We will end the chaos on Monday. The party is over. We will make laws for all!" the radical left promised as a certain winner of Sunday elections.
"I will vote for Tsipras because he is the only one who can take the country out of the mire, in which we ended up due to PASOK and New Democracy," a young man in his thirties told GRReporter. He said he has always believed in the left idea and the time has come for a party like SYRIZA to take over power. The young man does not have a firm opinion on whether it is better for Greece to remain in the euro area or exit it but he believes that whatever the course of the radical left party, it will be correct. Many supporters of SYRIZA share his opinion.
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