The citizens of Thessaloniki held a self-organised referendum on the privatisation of their water company yesterday, 18 May 2014. They overwhelming rejected proposals to privatise the company with 98% of votes against. The referendum was organised with the local support of the 11 municipalities of the metropolitan area. The mayors defied a last-minute attempt by the Greek government to clamp down on this popular initiative, threatening the volunteers with arrest by the police. The result is a success for the campaigners for public water!