This Is What People In Greece Are Going Through Amid Financial Crisis

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Greeks have been queuing outside ATMs after banks announced they will be closed for almost a week.

Greek debt crisis

Amid a financial crisis that could force Greece out of the Eurozone, ditch the euro and bring back its old currency, the drachma, banks across the country will remain closed for about six days.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calmed his citizens, asking them to cooperate with “patience and composure.”

Tsipras addressed also quoted former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt saying "In these critical hours, we must remember that the only thing to fear is fear itself."

However, the situation is getting worse by the passing hour for Greeks as they are queuing up outside ATMs in hopes of yanking their savings out of banks ASAP.

(Translation: People queuing up to get their pension. The machines still closed.)

ATM withdrawals have been limited to €60 a day in a bid to stem the flow of money from banks. However, there are some complaints coming in:

"I can't believe it," Evgenia Gekou, a 50-year-old Athens resident, told Reuters. "I keep thinking we will wake up tomorrow and everything will be OK. I'm trying hard not to worry."

There was a queue even at the ATM inside the Athens parliament:

Pensioners are helplessly waiting outside closed banks:

Greece debt crisis

“I had no cash, and I obviously need some. My pension has just been paid, and I’m here with my neighbor to take some of it out. Not all of it – just some. That’s all. I’m not scared, not in the least. We’ve seen worse, here. We will come through this,” Anna, a 63-year-old pensioner, told the Guardian.

Greece's Debt Crisis

However, an alternative plan for pensioners’ allowances is expected:

Gas stations in Crete, Greece’s largest island, were also forced to close after running out of petrol.

“Vangelis Kotsos, president of gas station owners in Chania, said around 50% of gas stations had now run dry and described scenes of chaos as nervous Greek motorists (and presumably visiting tourists) flocked to gas stations to fill up,” the Guardian reported.

Greece petrol crisis

“I've got five Euros in my pocket, I thought I would try my luck here for some money. The queues in my neighborhood were too long yesterday," plumber Yannis Kalaizakis, 58, told Reuters. "I don't know what else to say. It's a mess."

Reports of chaos outside supermarkets are also emerging as buyers are worried the stores will run out of food:

Greece's supermarkets and petrol stations are being bled dry

Despite the crisis, the Greek government is discouraging its tourists, especially the British, from leaving the country:

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