ND on Greek referendum anniversary: It’s a crime because it cost dozens of billions of euros. It’s a conscious crime

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New Democracy accused the government of deceiving the public when it held a referendum last year to decide on whether to accept or reject a bailout proposal submitted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, party spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos described the referendum as a “monument to unreliability and irresponsibility” which cost dearly to Greeks.

“They knew all about it in the government. Mr. Tsipras was planning other things, requested other things and did other things. When people said ‘No’, he accepted the harsher proposals of the creditors,” Koumoutsakis said.

“It’s a crime because it cost dozens of billions [of euros]. It’s a conscious crime. They knew its consequences. The available evidence is staggering,” he added and referred to a book by American economist James Galbraith,

“Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice”, in which the writer said former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis had prepared a plan that foresaw declaring a state of emergency and transforming bank deposits into a new Drachma.