Message of greetings to the PFLP on its 45th Anniversary
The Communist Organization of Greece (KOE) extends wholeheartedly and comradely greetings to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) on its 45th founding anniversary.
This year, the celebrations for your anniversary took particular characteristics, among others thanks to the visit of the Palestinian Resistance’s lively legend, Comrade Leila Khaled, in the martyred Gaza. Be it in Gaza, in the West Bank, in the refugee camps or in the Palestinian Diaspora, the celebrations honoring the 45th anniversary of the PFLP reconfirmed your resolution to keep on fighting for the national unity and the realization of your People’s inalienable rights: the return of the refugees and a free, popular and democratic Palestine.
On this occasion, we pay tribute to the martyrs and the militants of PFLP, to all this formidable and endless army of sons and daughters of Palestine who never stopped fighting and became an inspiration to us all. In these difficult times for our people, who suffers under the IMF-EU-ECB troika’s yoke and struggles in order to overthrow the criminal puppet regime and pave the way towards a democratic and independent Greece, we have even more reasons to continue and strengthen our mutual solidarity.
Long live the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine!
We shall overcome!
Athens, 18 December 2012
Communist Organization of Greece (KOE)
International Relations Department
(On the left, poster for the central public meeting of KOE that took place in Athens on 26 November 2012)
As we are approaching SYRIZA’s Pan-Hellenic Conference, which will take place in Athens from Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December 2012, hundreds of local and sectorial popular assemblies are taking place these days all over Greece in order to debate and elect their delegates. Since this process started, after the June 17 elections, SYRIZA has almost tripled its membership – despite the hesitation of certain forces within SYRIZA to adopt the orientation towards its necessary transformation into a broad, popular, democratic force of the Left. Below we reproduce large excerpts of the contribution to the pre-Conference debate, submitted by the representatives of KOE in the outgoing Executive Secretariat of SYRIZA.
[Non translated: “Introduction”]
At a time of great unrest
Greece and, in fact, the whole region of Southeastern Mediterranean find themselves amidst an economic, political and geopolitical storm. The contradictions between the IMF and the EU (but also between the most powerful EU countries) for the management of the crisis in the South European countries, and their implications for the European banking and financial system, are in full motion. The essence of the confrontation is not whether the burden of the crisis will be loaded on the back of the peoples or not. This, to force the peoples into an unforeseen misery and catastrophe, is the only point of agreement among the powerful of the imperialist directorate. The crucial issue of the inter-imperialist contradiction is how they will make one another bear a part of the damage. In this respect, the greater damage of one side can be considered as a profit for the other.
Motivated by the economic antagonisms, politics return to the forefront. It is not simply the “markets” and the banking giants that impose solutions. The political control over the countries, in a background of geopolitical antagonisms and rearrangements, gains special importance in the planning of the enemy camp. Next to the imposition of economic restructuring, next to the experiments (for global use) carried out in order to test a people’s limits of endurance to “therapies” based on the neoliberal shock doctrine, what is also imposed are the neocolonial policies of modern type. By this, we mean the process of completely “handing over the keys” of a country (in our case, Greece) to foreign forces, which obtain the full control of this country’s productive and natural wealth and of its very geopolitical position.
The Communist Organization of Greece (KOE) fully endorses the following statement of the Press Office of SYRIZA:
Today’s announcement of awarding the Peace Nobel Prize to the EU is an insult to the very Peoples of Europe,
as to what the dominating circles consider as contribution to peace, especially if we take into account how much the Peoples in former Yugoslavia and in the Middle East have suffered because of the “humanitarian interventions” of the EU.
12 October 2012
Press Office of SYRIZA
The Communist Organization of Greece (KOE), member of the Coalition of Radical Left (SYRIZA), congratulates all the Progressive, Left, Patriotic forces of Catalonia for their success in the elections of 25 November. The electoral outcome for the lists of Esquerra Republicana, of Esquerra Unida i Alternativa and of Candidatures d'Unitat Popular constitutes an encouragement for the Greek People and for all the Peoples of Europe in their struggles for Independence, Democracy and Emancipation.
A month ago, the Basque People has condemned in the most resolute way, through the electoral process, the decades-long barbaric repression exercised by the Spanish State and its antidemocratic refusal to recognize the right of a People to decide its own future. The arrogant claim that the forces of the Patriotic Left are nothing but a “bunch of terrorists” without popular support has been, once again, exposed for what it is: a pathetic lie.
Now, after the explicit outcome of the Catalan elections, it is time for Madrid to recognize the fact that there is a powerful popular current, both in Catalonia and in the Basque Country, which contests not only the neoliberal austerity policies but also the existing institutional framework of the Spanish State. Moreover, it is time for Madrid to grasp the chance for a democratic and sincere dialogue in order to resolve peacefully the conflict in the Basque Country.
We are confident that the Progressive, Left, Patriotic forces of Catalonia shall play a decisive role in defending the democratic and social rights of the Catalan People. Thus they will objectively reinforce the efforts of the Greek People as well, in our common struggle for a different Europe – without Troikas who bring only generalized misery and oppression.
Athens, 27 November 2012
KOE, International Relations Department
- The new crime has to be stopped, and the occupation and the siege alike!
- Stop the military agreement between Greece and Israel, which legitimizes and helps the israeli crimes, implicates Greece in the plans of the zionists and undermines the friendship between the peoples of Greece, Palestine and the Arab world.
[Unofficial report about the general strike and the popular demonstrations of this week; the official statement of KOE will be translated and published soon here]
The 48 hours general strike on 6 and 7 November 2012 was concluded with mass demonstrations all over Greece. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets and squares of big and smaller cities, chanting slogans against the IMF-EU-ECB troika and the “Memorandum 3”, and demanding the resignation of the tripartite illegitimate government.
In Athens alone, over 100.000 people gathered from 5:00 PM of 7 November in Syntagma Square, surrounding the Parliament for more than five hours, despite the heavy rain and the repetitive attempts of the “anti-riot” police to disperse them using scores of tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons (it is the first time after the fall of the dictatorship, back in 1974, that water cannons are used against a central demonstration in Greece).
During the demonstration, the 71 MPs of SYRIZA temporarily left the Parliament, provoking mass enthusiasm when they appeared outside the building behind a huge banner with the slogan “You are destroying the country! Leave now!” Then they marched as a bloc towards the people, chanting slogans; they crossed the police lines and joined the demonstrators on the Square in a pandemonium of applauses, slogans and acclamations.
Later in the evening, the “anti-riot” police did everything possible to “clean up” the Square before the time of the final vote. In total there were more than 100 arrests and at least 5 injured demonstrators. Inside the Parliament, after a completely anti-constitutional “fast-track process” that lasted for less than 24 hours, the pro-government MPs ratified Memorandum 3 as prescribed in 800 pages (!) without even having the “luxury” to read what exactly they were voting for (among other measures: additional cuts of 13,5 billion Euro in pensions, salaries and social services, plus a complete sell-out of the country’s infrastructure and natural ressources).
It is worth mentioning that the illegitimate government ignored the decisions of the Authorities responsible to declare whether a Law (in this case the Law that ratifies Memorandum 3) conforms or not to the Constitution. Indeed, this week ALL these Authorities (the Supreme Court of Audit, the Supreme Court of Civil and Penal Law and the Scientific Service of the Parliament) have declared a big part of Memorandum 3 as anti-constitutional! Moreover, in order to limit the danger even of partial dissent among the pro-government MPs, the ratification concerned the whole Memorandum 3 “en bloc”, with a Law composed by a unique article.
However, despite these tricks, the pro-government parliamentary bloc further shrinked: an additional score of 6 MPs of PASOK and 1 MP of the right wing “Nea Dimokratia” did not vote in favor of the ratification of Memorandum 3. From the MPs of the third government party (“Democratic Left”), who were under heavy pressure and felt the popular anger targeting them, 15 voted “Present”, and 2 of them voted “NO”. Thus, the initial pro-government majority (179 MPs out of a total of 300, thanks to the “bonus” of 40 seats offered to “Nea Dimokratia” by the antidemocratic electoral law) was reduced to only 153 “YES” during this crucial vote. This is another expression of the deep crisis that shreds apart the pro-troika bloc, and confirms the estimation that this government is trembling.
The leader of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, declared in the Parliament: “We are witnessing the agony of a parliamentarian majority that falls apart. Very soon they will be a minority in the Parliament, as they already are a small minority among the people.” And, addressing the Prime Minister Samaras, he added: “What we heard from you today was the eulogy speech in front of the approaching funeral of a government which, for 4 months now, is doing exactly the opposite from what you promised to the people before the elections, and from what you announced on your programmatic statements when you became Prime Minister.” He concluded his speech saying: “Today, ladies and gentlemen, we live a parody of democracy in this House. But, outside the Parliament, we have thousands of people who, despite the tons of chemicals thrown against them, are once again here in order to defend democracy. We welcome this stand of our People. We are proud of our People’s courage. We know that the fighting spirit of our People has panicked you. But this fighting spirit is at the same time shaking us, and obliges us to remain adamant to the end. Until the Greek People impose their will and save the country!”
INFO from GREECE (read below the statement of KOE)
Today, Tuesday 6 November, starts a new 48 hours general strike and a new round of popular mobilizations against the pro-troika government of Mr. Samaras, PM and leader of the right wing “Nea Dimokratia” party. Two days ago, Alexis Tsipras, addressing the Parliamentary Group of SYRIZA, called the people in a united non-violent revolt in order to overthrow the illegitimate government that sells-out the whole country, serving the interests of the IMF-EU-ECB troika and of the bankers. The three parties that support the actual government (Nea Dimokratia, PASOK and “Democratic Left”) have duped a part of the Greek people in the last elections advancing a program of “renegotiation” with the troika, which they never attempted. Instead, they have accepted without any “renegotiation” even new and more catastrophic measures imposed by the troika in the form of “Memorandum 3”.
The political crisis is deepening, penetrating even the three pro-troika parties, with some of their MPs already abandoning them and declaring that they will not support Memorandum 3. The international dimension of this crisis is revealed also by the contradictions now publicly expressed between the imperialist forces, with the USA and Germany quarreling about the “appropriate solution” for Greece. At the same time, the social catastrophe takes unprecedented dimensions, with the unemployment rate over 25% according to the official statistics (over 55% for the youth) and a quarter of the population trying to survive below the poverty line.
The ship Estelle is now at its final stage of the effort to end the siege of Gaza. At noon on October 16, five members of Parliament from Greece, Norway, Sweden and Spain embarked on Estelle, in an action south of the Greek archipelago, in international waters:
- MP Ricardo Sixto Iglesias, Spain
- MP and physician Sven Britton, Sweden
- MP Aksel Hagen, Norway
- MP Vangelis Diamandopoulos, Greece
- MP Dimitris Kodelas, Greece
They are now together with activists and crew from Canada, Finland, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden. Jim Manly, former MP from Canada, is also on board. Three Israeli nationals are also on board and taking part in the action to break and lift the siege on Gaza. Estelle is expected to reach Gaza tomorrow, Saturday 20 October. The Israeli regime threatens to assault Estelle, in sheer violence of international and maritime laws. Your solidarity is necessary!
Statement of Dimitris Kodelas, Member of the Greek Parliament for SYRIZA, from the boat Estelle attempting to break the blockade of Gaza
Press release of KOE about today’s general strike
Today hundreds of thousands of people participated massively and vigorously in the general strike and the mobilizations all over Greece, sending a clear message to the internal and external “troikas” that are attempting a final and fatal blow against our society and country.
The massive participation in the demonstrations in many cities shows that a new round of struggles is now opening. We are participating in a new round of action of the broad popular masses, which continue to seek political solutions and a way out of the crisis.
Despite the weaknesses and the hesitation after the last elections, despite the blackmail and the manipulations of the tripartite government, the people once more manifested its presence, reaffirming its role and its will.
As we are facing the ongoing catastrophe of our society and country, a coordinated political struggle to stop the new measures and oblige this government of subordination and sell-out to leave is necessary. These remain the goals and preconditions to completely overthrow this political system.
Today’s mobilizations, as well as the huge demonstrations in Madrid and Lisbon, prove that the peoples have the possibility to mark the events, that they can pave the way towards real change.
Stop the measures that bring misery to the people and destruction to the country!
Let’s overthrow the internal and external “troikas”!
Comment by the International Relations Department of KOE
August 6, 2012
In certain circles of the Left, on European and international level, are often and easily reproduced some erroneous opinions about the situation in our country, and more specifically about the impressive success of the Coalition of Radical Left (SYRIZA) in the last two national elections. Those opinions originate, mostly, in statements and documents produced by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). We are of the opinion that these positions of KKE are suffering by extreme subjectivism, while they lack any essential self-criticism about the political line of KKE – which, by the way, was the main reason of its crushing electoral defeat on 17 June 2012, when it lost half of its electoral base. Thus, we would like to bring to the attention of certain circles that reproduce these positions (and feel free to even add on top their own insults and imaginative lies against SYRIZA) some basic truths about the Greek political reality…