Greek-Americans respond to financial crisis in Greece

Pensioners wait outside the main gate of the national bank of Greece to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) in central Athens, Thursday, July 9, 2015. With a deadline just hours away to come up with a detailed economic reform plan, Greece requested a new three-year rescue from its European partners Wednesday as signs grew its economy was sliding toward free-fall without an urgently needed bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News was interested in what Greek-Americans living in Western Mass. thought about the financial crisis in Greece.

We spoke with Manny’s TV and appliance owner Manny Rovithis, who also owns a thriving Olive Oil business. Rovithis imports Olive Oil from the Island of Crete, where he was born. He told 22News, many Western Massachusetts Greek Americans have relatives in Crete, which isn’t threatened by the economic chaos on mainland Greece.

“The unemployment is 25 percent, okay and if you go to the younger kids, it’s 35 percent, they can’t find jobs. Everyone says the Greeks don’t want to work, that’s baloney.”

Rothivis also says, he’s been in touch with family members on Crete as recently as Thursday and they assured him the Island’s economy is still robust.

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