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Kevin Ovenden in Greece on the resignation of Yanis Varoufakis and more

Kevin Ovenden reports from Greece.

Longer piece a bit later.

The resignation by Yanis Varoufakis. Lots of people not liking it. Forget the Paris Match stuff and the ridiculous European media focus on his shirts and motorbike. He was and is popular. Especially his defiant tone last week.

In laiko, popular Greece he was seen as gutsy and standing up for the country against Troika. All the headlines about him facing hostility at meetings helped that image. People have just registered a defiant NO in every part of Greece.

He says he has resigned to make it easier to get a deal. That, of course, is where the government wants to get to as quickly as possible.

The departure may be seen almost as a quid pro quo for Samaras having to go last night.

Merkel and Hollande now saying we need to “respect the outcome of the referendum”. Very good of them, very generous.

Two great pressures now. One to give a bourgeois stabilising meaning and limit to the great Oxi revolt. Two to create the feel of compromise and consensus within Greek society and in the negotiations to put the whole radicalising process back in the box.

Meanwhile people who have work are back there today facing the bosses and managers who used extraordinary pressure to get them to vote with big business on Sunday. They are seeing news channels and papers which they know lied on an enormous scale now insouciantly telling them to be magnanimous and more to compromise.

We will see today and coming days how that goes down.

One friend tells me that from his workplace, a hospital, someone came up with an argument which shot around the workforce like a 9mm bullet.

“We should surround the City Hall in Athens until Giorgos Kaminis resigns.” Kaminis is the centre-left politician who helped front the Yes campaign and is widely believed to have abused municipal facilities to do so. He tried to use his power to cancel the rally in Syntagma on Friday night.

The hospital porter continues, “He was part of a coup d’etat. One of the chief plotters. Treason! We know what happens to traitors.”

Strong language. But a reflection of the times here with hardship mounting. Resistance, however, exploding into the faces Europe’s elites last night.

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