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The battle for the Referendum in Greece

Monday, June 29, 2015

More than 200 thousand people assembled in Syntagma Square, in front of the Greek Parliament in a tremendous mass rally supporting “NO”, in the coming Referendum on July 5 for the ultimatum posed by the EU, the ECB, and the IMF to Greece to accept a new round of measures of social cannibalism or to be evicted from the Euro-zone( the infamous “Grexit) and then from the EU. The days of the historic popular mobilizations in the years 2010-12 , when first the troika of EU/ECB/IMF with the willingly servile Greek bourgeois governments imposed the infamous “bail out” programs tied with “Memorandum” of draconian measures of “austerity” to save their banks by starving the people of a bankrupt Greece.


The last five years, social polarization and radicalization produced a massive turn to the left ,which finally led to the electoral victory of the left reformist Syriza on January 25, 2015, on the expectation that it will end “austerity”. Five months of fruitless “negotiations” of the pro-EU Syriza with the hostile troika of E/ECB/IMF, finally collapsed. On June 22, a desperate Tsipras government, under the blackmail of conditions of financial asphyxia imposed by the ECB, was at the point of full capitulation accepting a new program of austerity, worst even from the previous ones that the neo-liberal governments of PASOK and the right wing New Democracy had imposed in 2010-2014. But at the last moment, on June 24, the IMF introduced more barbaric measures. Already the signs of a Syriza capitulation had produced a vast popular discontent in Greece and areal rebellion in the ranks of Syriza itself. Returning back to Athens on June 26. Tsipras had faced the dilemma either to commit political suicide himself and his government or to make a new turn. Thus, he announced that the troika ultimatum will be posed into a referendum to be decided by the Greek people itself by a Yes or No.
This turn produced hysteria in all the centers of the global capital, in Brussels, Berlin, and Washington first of all. The leaders of the imperialist institutions expressed their fury demanding a “Yes| by the Greek voters and a change of government. The collaborators of the troika in Greece, the bourgeois opposition parties( including the Nazis of the “Golden Dawn”) have staged a counter-revolutionary anti-communist mobilization of the middle class named “We stay in Europe” , which revives memories of Allende’s Chile in 1973.
Disgracefully, the Stalinist Communist Party boycotts the No| in the referendum claiming that a No to the clear direct question “you accept the terms of the EU/ECB/IMF , Yes or No?” , indirectly means… a Yes to the government austerity plan… Practically by printing and distributing a ballot with the name of the CPG (KKE) and its slogans, ( of course, legally this does not count and it is considered as “nul”) the Stalinists promote an “abstentionism’ in favor to the capitalist parties and system.
The EEK, although criticizing the policies of class collaboration and adaptation to the EU of Syriza, the entire logic of fake “negotiations”, is actively campaign for a NO in the Referendum advancing as well a transitional program of cancellation of the debt , nationalization of the banks under workers control, a restructuring of the economy on new socialist bases, a break from the imperialist EU and for the socialist unification of Europe.
A new chapter of the world capitalist crisis that erupted in 2007-2008 has been opened. Already the resistance of the Greek people that imposed a referendum on the imperialist ultimatum has produced globally a tsunami in all financial centers and a panic among the imperialists themselves who try now to advance a kind of post-modern coup d’etat to establish their government of servile stooges in Athens. Merkel, Juncker, Holland, the President of the European Parliament Schulz, the leaders of European Social democracy are daily intervening bluntly demanding a victory of the “Yes” and “regime change”.
It is class war. Despite the difficulties, the confusion, the panic produced by the Greek “corallito” imposed by the ECB, we are fighting with all our strength, dedication,and confidence for the final victory of the working class in the developing confrontation between social revolution and counter-revolution.

Savas Michael-Matsas

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