Violence hits the streets in Athens, ahead of a weekend referendum that may decide the country's future in Europe's single currency. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Violence on the streets of Greece ahead of a weekend referendum that may decide the country's future in Europe's single currency, with polls showing voters almost evenly split. With Greeks asked to decide whether to accept or reject the tough terms of the bailout, three opinion polls had the 'Yes' vote narrowly ahead; a fourth put the 'No' camp 0.5 percent in front, but all were well within the margin of error. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras exhorted Greeks to reject the deal, dismissing warnings from Greece's European partners that to do so may see the country leave the euro zone, with unforeseeable consequences for Greece, Europe and the global economy. A GPO poll broadcast by Mega TV put the 'Yes' vote on 44.1 percent to 43.7 percent against. Another, by the respected ALCO on behalf of the Proto Thema newspaper, had those in favor 0.6 points in front. A third published in Ethnos newspaper said 44.8 percent would endorse the deal and 43.4 percent would vote 'No'. A fourth, for the Agvi newspaper, was the only one that put the 'No' vote fractionally ahead, 43 percent to 42.5 percent. European policy makers fired fresh warnings of the costs of a 'No' vote in a plebiscite called at just eight days' notice after the breakdown of talks with the European Commission, the IMF and the European Central Bank.