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Ten days before the 1st Congress of SYRIZA, KOE has announced its decision to suspend its autonomous public presence as a necessary step for the strengthening of SYRIZA and of its unified expression.
Statement of KOE, 5 July 2013
The Communist Organization of Greece, one of the main forces of SYRIZA since its first steps, has supported and keeps supporting in a substantial way the project of SYRIZA and its effort to change the situation in the Left and in the Greek society. The changes that occurred in the Greek society and in the political correlation of forces because of the IMF-EU-ECB Troika’s aggression since 2010, but also thanks to the development of a broad mass popular movement, raised (especially after the 2012 elections) new tasks and requirements for SYRIZA itself.
The Communist Organization of Greece, with a series of concrete proposals and positions, declared been in favor of the transformation of SYRIZA into a party-movement able to unite with the people and to contribute in the building of a big political current that shall sweep away the old political system and the regime imposed by Troika’s Memoranda. The last Panhellenic Conference of SYRIZA (December 2012) decided to advance towards the building of a unified party. This resolution has been already approved by the big majority of SYRIZA’s rank and file, and is expected to be ratified in the coming 1st Founding Congress. Consequently, the Communist Organization of Greece has decided, as a necessary step for the strengthening of SYRIZA and of its unified expression, to suspend its autonomous public presence.
Thousands of people have participated, for the sixth consecutive year, in the Resistance Festival and its political and cultural events under the general moto "Many Peoples, One Struggle!". Dozens of foreign guests assured the internationalist aspect of the festival, while many of them animated the public meetings and the debates.
The main event of the opening day, Friday 21 June, undoubtedly was the central meeting under the title “Spark of hope for a way out: A new Mediterranean Peoples’ Spring” (see photo). Comrade Hamma Hammami, leader of the Popular Front of Tunisia, conversed with Alexis Tsipras, president of SYRIZA, about the necessity to build the cooperation of the peoples and movements from both sides of the Mediterranean against our common enemies. They were both preceded by an inspirational intervention by Ali Sait Çetinoğlu, progressive intellectual and academic from Turkey, who transmitted to the large audience the spirit of the rebellion in his country. Before the central meeting, however, the festival kicked-off in a most symbolic way, by comrade Rasem Obeidat from the PFLP, who talked about the situation and the struggles of the Palestinian People.
Statement by KOE:
For almost three weeks now, the peoples of Turkey continue their courageous combat for Democracy and Justice despite the ferocious repression by the regime of Ankara. The so called “democrat” Erdogan has already painted his hands in the blood of the peoples’ best sons and daughters: 4 dead and 8.000 wounded, among them several in critical situation, as well as thousands of arrests, is so far the result of the Erdogan government’s vain effort to silence the waves of popular protests.
Yesterday over 100 socialists, members of the Socialist Party of Opressed (ESP) and other socialist organizations, as well as journalists of Atılım Newspaper, Etkin News Agency and Özgür Radio, have been arrested in their offices and houses by the “anti-terror” police units. This was one more step in Erdogan’s course towards an openly police state. In front of this new brutality, we fully share and support the resolute reaction by the popular resistance, as it was expressed for example with the following statement by the ESP:
“All of the assaults up to today failed to prevent our march headed for freedom and socialism. Likewise, this latest attack will not be able to stop the popular revolt ignited by Gezi Resistance. This revolt of dignity is a resistance of all segments of our peoples’ collective struggle”.
The Communist Organization of Greece calls upon all the revolutionary and democratic forces worldwide to intensify their solidarity (*) with the exemplary struggle of Turkey’s peoples, who have forgotten what fear is and continue their fight. Moreover, their struggle is the best help and inspiration for the struggle of the Greek, Portuguese, Arab and other peoples of the South, who face the same enemies and share the same aspirations. Together we shall build the new Mediterranean Spring, and together we shall pave the way for a future of Democracy, Dignity, Cooperation and Justice for our Peoples!
KOE, International Relations Department
6th International Meeting of Movements
21-22-23 June 2013
Agricultural University of Athens
(Iera Odos Street)
Nearest Metro (blue line) Station: “Kerameikos”
Bus lines: A16, 812, 836, 856]
Political and Cultural PROGRAM:
19:30 Palestine in the geopolitical storm
- Rasem Obeidat, journalist of the Palestinian newspaper Al Quds and representative of the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine)
20:00 Spark of hope for a way out: A new Mediterranean Peoples’ Spring
- Alexis Tsipras, head of the Parliamentary Group of SYRIZA-EKM
- Hamma Hammami, head of the Popular Front of Tunisia
- Short intervention by Anneta Kavadia, sacked journalist of the public TV, and Ali Sait Çetinoğlu, progressive intellectual and academic from Turkey
Concert Scene: The Last Drive, Nightstalker, dj set Polly B
Tavern Area: Cretan Feast (Fragkiadakis, Katsouna, Kontonias, Hatzimakris)
We extend our enthusiastic salute to the peoples and the movements of Turkey for their ongoing uprising and resolute struggle for Democracy. The bloody repression exercised by the Erdogan regime is unable to frighten the broad popular masses who have taken Taksim and dozens of squares all over the country and fight bravely . The wave of unitary mobilizations and mass protests in Turkey constitutes a severe blow against the propagandistic claims of the Erdogan regime about the so called “democratization” and “development” of the country.
At the same time, this new popular explosion in Turkey becomes a new link in the chain of the successive revolts shaking particularly the South the last three years: from the Arab Spring, the Iberic Peninsula and Greece to Slovenia, Bulgaria, etc. These revolts are the product of the peoples’ discontent and anger because of the catastrophic policies of the imperialist forces and of the local reactionary regimes. They often result to the overthrow of tyrannical governments or to the destabilization of the enemy’s plans.
All these popular explosions become a school of unity and struggle for the masses, shaping a new conscience and promoting common demands among millions of people from the whole Mediterranean area. We declare our full solidarity with the struggle of the peoples of Turkey against tyranny, for democracy, freedom, dignity and justice. Together with all the progressive and left forces, we participate in the solidarity marches that take place today at the Turkish Embassy and Consulate respectively in Athens and Thessaloniki.
KOE Press Office
Statement of KOE
The treacherous stance of the Samaras-Venizelos-Kouvelis “local troika” (*) against the proud Cypriot ΝΟ shall remain as another indelible stain in the infamous history of the Greek ruling class. The Greek government ought to have widened the rift that the Cypriot NO has opened against the policy of the Memoranda, thus grabbing the opportunity to challenge the “Greek program” of the IMF-EU-ECB troika. This option, the only one in solidarity with Cyprus and the only one that would save Greece, could change the turn of events in the European South. But it was not adopted. It was not adopted because we have a “government” that in reality is nothing more than an obedient minion of Merkel. So this date, 25th March 2013, the anniversary of the 1821 Independence Revolution, will remain in history as a day of punishment for the Cypriot people and of shame for the Greek “government”.
The cynical and extortionate decision of the Eurocrats, together with their accomplices, the governments of Samaras and Anastassiadis, opens the door to a new “Attila”, albeit more embellished and more Europeanized than the 1974 foreign invasion and occupation of the martyred island. It’s a new “Attila” armed with the state-of-the-art “guns” of debt and of “liquidity interruption”, with the clear objective to destroy the Cypriot economy and transform the Republic of Cyprus into a euro-protectorate.
Apart from the colonization of the European South, special importance should be given to another dimension: Cyprus has become the guinea pig of a new Merkel tool. As the leader of Eurogroup J. Daiselbloom confessed, the Cypriot “model” is ready to be “exported”. A generalized haircut of deposits, following the example of Cyprus, will soon be a choice for other countries “bailout programs”. All European bank deposits are at stake. For Greece this is extremely important, as recapitalization of the banks is at the forefront. Shall the people be called to pay the expenses once again?
Press Statement of KOE
[Translator’s Note: Yesterday the Cypriot parliament, surrounded by a huge demonstration, rejected, with 36 NO and 19 abstentions, the decision of the Eurogroup - which had been adopted last Friday following Germany’s demands. This unprecedented decision, to “bailout” the banks through a direct “haircut” of the citizens’ bank deposits, had initially been accepted by both the right-wing Cypriot government and the docile Greek tripartite government.]
The Communist Organization of Greece salutes the Cypriot NO and congratulates the Cypriot people, who are facing the catastrophic policy and the cynical threats of the Eurogroup’s and IMF’s loan sharks, for their Dignity. The new Cypriot NO, following the massive rejection of the imperialist “Annan Plan” back in 2004, is a proud response against the plans aiming at Cyprus’ economic devastation and pushing forward the transformation of the Republic of Cyprus into a protectorate.
The martyred Cypriot people, who have shed their blood in order to gain their Independence and are very well aware of what invasion and foreign occupation means, once again stand up and send a message of Resistance, Dignity and Hope to all the European peoples. It is in Cyprus that, for the first time, the blackmailing dilemma “Memorandum or Bankruptcy” is rejected. It is in Cyprus that, for the first time, the supposedly “almighty” Merkelist policy and the supposedly “omnipotent markets” receive a heavy blow.
Press Statement of KOE
1. The Communist Organization of Greece denounces the cynical blackmail of the Germany-dominated EU against the Republic of Cyprus and the Cypriot people. The Merkelists are testing in Cyprus an upgrade of the “tools” they have used so far, with a double aim: a) to fully dismantle the economic status of Cyprus, b) to achieve total political control on this exceptionally important, geopolitically and economically, island.
2. The Communist Organization of Greece denounces the Un-Holly Alliance of European usurers, also known as "Eurogroup", which attempts to strangle the independence of Cyprus using the Memorandum’s noose. Moreover, KOE condemns the slavish and complicit tripartite Greek government of Samaras, who had the impudence to declare that “stands by our Cypriot brothers” while obediently voted in favor of the disastrous decisions of the Eurogroup. As for the newly elect Cypriot president, mister Anastassiadis, there are no words to describe his criminal policy – especially as, just a month ago, he was reassuring the people that he will never accept any haircut on the citizens’ bank deposits, only to follow very fast his friend Samaras, who was the first to make a complete U-turn and submit to Merkel’s dictates.
The Communist Organization of Greece / KOE, member of the Coalition of Radical Left / SYRIZA, is conveying to the 1st Congress of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party a warm message of solidarity and encouragement. Through this fraternal salute we also express the support and respect of the progressive Greek people to the struggles and sacrifices of the Egyptian people since the dark years of Mubarak’s dictatorship, culminating in the Revolution that started in 2011 and continues till today.
We have been honored and very pleased to meet Comrades from your Party in our international meetings here in Greece, and also abroad. Through your devotion to our common cause, we got to love Egypt and the Egyptian people even more. Thus, we share with you the imminent need to stand up to the historic duty of struggling for Genuine Democracy, which incorporates the basic political and social rights of the popular masses.
The Tunisian, Egyptian and other Arab uprisings since two years now have been a significant source of inspiration for us all. They set off a huge wave of popular demonstrations in the southern Europe’s squares, and they became examples for a multitude of different movements in many other, even more distant countries. Your spark started and encouraged the prairie fires in many parts of the world, where the peoples get to the streets and fight for Democracy, Freedom, Independence, Dignity, Bread and Emancipation.
Comunicado del KOE
[English text below]
El alma y el espíritu de la Revolución Bolivariana, el hombre que encarnaba las esperanzas y los deseos más profundos de su pueblo, el símbolo amado por cientos de millones de personas y odiado por la oligarquía y el imperialismo, ya no está con nosotros. La noticia de la muerte del Comandante Hugo Chávez causa un gran sufrimiento para todos nosotros. Es una gran pérdida para el pueblo de Venezuela, para los pueblos de América Latina, por todos los pueblos de nuestra tierra.
Sin embargo, como dijo el Compañero Nicolás Maduro, “Los que mueren por la Vida, no pueden llamarse muertos”. Estamos seguros de que el orgulloso pueblo de Venezuela se enfrentará a estos tiempos difíciles con la cabeza bien alta, se reuniero en torno a la dirección de la Revolución Bolivariana, sacando fuerzas de los triunfos históricos alcanzados hasta ahora bajo el liderazgo del Comandante Hugo Chávez. En esta difícil lucha, el pueblo de Venezuela y el liderazgo de la Revolución Bolivariana tienen poderosos aliados en el amor y la solidaridad de todas las fuerzas revolucionarias y progresistas, y de todos los pueblos del mundo.
La Organización Comunista de Grecia KOE, integrante de la Coalición de la Izquierda Radical SYRIZA, envía sus más profundas condolencias al gobierno, las organizaciones y el pueblo de Venezuela, y la familia del Comandante Hugo Chávez.
Comandante Hugo Chávez PRESENTE!
Atenas, 6 de marzo 2013