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Issue #1454      12 May 2010

Greece: massive class response to plutocracy

KKE (Communist Party) denounces the provocations that sought to strike a blow at the people’s struggle for the death of three innocent people.

On May 5 the nationwide strike of All Workers Militant Front (PAME) froze every productive activity in the country. Factories, construction sites and stores, ports and airports, universities and schools were paralysed.

Part of the nationwide strike of workers in Greece.

In the early morning thousands of workers and young people were outside their workplaces defending the right of the workers to go on strike and against employers’ intimidation. Hundreds of thousands of people protested at the demonstration organised by PAME in 68 cities throughout Greece.

At the same time, provocative groups tried to undermine the strike demonstration. Aleka Papariga, General Secretary of the CC of KKE, highlighted the importance of the organised political struggle and denounced also in her speech in parliament the efforts of the provocateurs that led to the deaths of three young people who died of suffocation after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a bank.

The strike demonstration in Athens

In Athens the central strike demonstration of PAME took place at Omonoia Square, at the centre of Athens. Giorgos Perros, member of the Executive Secretariat of PAME delivered the main speech stressing:

“No more sacrifices for the bankers, for the industrialists, for the monopolies. We will make sacrifices so as to defend, all together and united, our rights, our life; so as to defend the life of our children, not hand them over to the most brutal exploitation bound hand and foot. We do not give up our gains.

“They lie when they argue about a rescue bailout package for the country; it is a rescue bailout package for the employers, the banks, the ship-owners, the ones who have benefited from the previous rescue bailout packages; likewise for the foreign creditors, who along with the parasites of plutocracy will plunder the wealth produced by our people for the next decades.

“They have elaborated and gradually implemented these measures for many years. These measures are outlined in the Treaty of Maastricht, in the White Paper; they are included in all decisions of the EU Summits; they were included in the programs of PASOK and ND; likewise in the 9-point agreement between GSEE and Federation of the Greek Industrialists”.

Giorgos Perros underlined: “We deserve our own Greece, which is far better than theirs, and we will struggle for it. Even if they pass these measures, we will never legitimate them in our consciousness, we will never obey the laws that impose those measures. Day by day, month by month we will gather forces to block the implementation of these measures, till the overthrow of them and their measures.”

The representative of PAME closed his speech stressing: “We, the workers, the self-employed, the craftsmen, the small tradesmen, the small and medium sized farmers, the young people, we are the majority.

“We will become stronger as long as we build our front, our own alliance. And once we have built our own people’s front we will not be merely strong, we will be almighty; because we will have created the body of our own state power; we will have created the tool in order to plan and produce according to our needs; we will have created the basic mechanism in order to stop the minority of parasites who plunder our wealth, who live off our labour in order to build our life, the life of our children and the next generation.

“This is our patriotic duty and our great responsibility, this is our one-way road”and we do not give up not matter how many sacrifices we will have to make.”

Apart from the forces of PAME, forces of the Αll Greek Antimonopoly Rally of the self-employed and the small tradesman (PASEVE) and Students’ Militant Front (MAS) also participated in the mass rally and the demonstration.

At the head of the march was a delegation of the CC of KKE led by Aleka Papariga.

The PAME protestors marched through the central streets of the city to the parliament, where the social democrat government has tabled the bill with the anti-labour measures seeking to pass it through under emergency procedures. It should be noted that the parliamentary group of KKE utilised the parliamentary regulation asking to follow the article that requires qualified (180 MPs out of 300) and not a simple majority for the approval of the anti-people bill.

The position of KKE on the incidents

The massive and protected demonstration of PAME gave a dynamic response to the provocative action organised by several groups in order to disorient the people, to reduce the importance of the massive mobilisation, to slander KKE, to stop the dynamic of the struggles and intimidate the working people.

In her speech at the parliament, right after the announcement of the death of three people, Aleka Papariga made the following statement:

“The working people, who suffered an unprecedented attack, the worst since 1974, are able to distinguish the systematic political struggle for the defence of their rights, for their protest, a struggle that can take many forms according to the conditions at each time. They can clearly tell the difference between this struggle and every plan aimed at the subversion of the struggles, every provocative action that causes the deaths of innocent victims and aids all those who want to create a scenario in order to discredit the struggles.

“People should not only defy the provocations but they should also take all the measures to protect their struggles which should start from the workplaces. They should hit where it hurts. the starting point of the battle must be the workplace and lead to a nationwide struggle.

“I should also stress the following: stop putting the blame on the people. People are blamed for the crisis, for everything. The responsible organised people’s movement cannot be blamed for actions planned backstage. We will continue our struggles”.

In addition the General Secretary of the KKE gave a resolute response to the president of the nationalist party LAOS who resorted to vile anti-communism and launched a provocative attack against the KKE.

“When the march of PAME arrived at the parliament, there was a group of members of “Xrisi Avgi” (ultra-right nationalist group), the so-called known-unknowns, who in 1994 set the Polytechnic School on fire. They were saying “burn the parliament down”. We disarmed them. We denounced them, we marched with linked arms and not a single incident occurred while we were at Syntagma Square

“People have the right to create the conditions through the process of mass political struggle, for the revision till the radical change of the Constitution.

Was the parliament not changing the constitution all those years?

“Of course, we have condemned this constitution and we are telling the people that they should struggle for its change. Telling openly and clearly that the Constitution has an anti-people and anti-labour character.”

International Section of the CC of KKE (Communist Party of Greece) 

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