Greek Communists (KKE) Call to Reject the Anti-People Agreement

Thousands of the people participated in the Greek Communist Party (KKE) demonstration, on the evening of the 27th of February, outside parliament against the new anti-people agreement of the SYRIZA-ANEL government with the EU, ECB and IMF.

The large rally had as its central message: “No toleration of the new agreement between the government and the EU to extend the memorandum-Immediate abolition of the memoranda and application laws. Recovery of the losses-rupture with the European Union, capital and their power.”

In his speech at the rally, the GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, amongst other things made reference to the fact that the government in the month after the elections had not brought a draft law to Parliament for the abolition of the memoranda and application laws, as a significant section of the Greek people believed it would, but on the contrary has come to a new agreement with the EU, ECB and IMF. This is both in essence and in form an extension of the existing memorandum and the commitments provided for in it, i.e. the continuation of the anti-people political line of the previous governments.

The GS of the CC of the KKE assessed that after the 4-month extension there will be a new agreement-program, i.e. a new memorandum, whatever name it may bear, for the years to come.

D. Koutsoumpas called on the government to immediately inform Parliament about the new 4-month agreement and table it for a vote of approval, which the KKE demands be conducted as a roll call vote. He added: “The government has baptized meat fish, it talks about extending the loan agreement and not the memorandum. However, we all know that the loan agreement and memorandum are inseparable.

It is not long since Mr Tsipras said the same thing when in opposition. The memorandum also has application laws. New anti-people laws will be tabled so that the government can pass the evaluation and receive the installment in June. And this government, with its political line, not only does not intend to return to the people everything they lost due to the memoranda, but it will not even give them the crumbs it promised.

It now says that it will give these crumbs gradually, over time, when and if the conditions, the fiscal goals and of course the lenders allow it. The troika has been renamed the “three institutions”, as if we were not talking about the same European Commission, ECB and IMF. All the measures taken by capital, its governments remain in place and are reinforced. These are measures taken together with the EU in the conditions of the economic crisis and that thrust the consequences onto the workers, strengthening capitalist profitability. And all this talk about a “proud” negotiation is an out and out advertising scam.”

The GS of the CC of the KKE made reference to the draft law tabled by the KKE to abolish the memoranda and the anti-people measures, as well as to organize the struggle for measures that will relieve the lives of the workers and popular strata and for the recovery of their rights and income, for rupture with the monopolies and disengagement from the EU.

He stressed that: “People’s sovereignty is inextricably linked with the rupture with and disengagement from the EU. Ot is inextricably linked with the urgent need for us, the working people, to take control of the wealth, potential for production and the concentrated means of production that exist in this country. This means that the people will take reins of power and be the masters of their own fate.”

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