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Are There Food and Medicine Shortages In Greece?

Greeks say shelves are in fact stocked as voters weigh critical referendum

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Evangelia, 28, from central Greece eats next to her boyfriend. — REUTERS
Jul 05, 2015 at 9:04 AM ET

Greeks are angry over media reports that food and medicine shortages are spreading across the struggling nation as millions vote on a crucial referendum over whether to accept the terms of an international bailout.

The backlash erupted in response to an articled published in The Guardian saying “food staples, such as sugar and flour, were also fast running out on Friday as consumers started to feel the effect of the restrictions.”

Locals took to social media to share photos of stocked shelves to refute the reporting. Several posted pictures on Twitter that appeared to be taken at stores and outdoor markets over the past few days, showing shelves filled with food.

“Medicines have been hard to get for a while, but they are not running out,” one reader posted in the comment section of The Guardian article. “The supermarket shelves are full of staples, and fruit, veg, everything. Please don’t spread nasty damaging rumours.”

Sunday’s vote will determine whether or not Greece will accept the terms of an international bailout plan. Youth unemployment in Greece continues to hover around 50%, pensioners struggle to make ends meet and ten of thousands of opposing protesters have taken to the streets over the past week urging people to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in Sunday’s referendum.

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