Greece: My No in Parliament is a Yes for resistance

This week the German federal government asked parliament to endorse a further Greek bailout package. German MP Christine Buchholz explains why she will vote No – together with all other members of Die Linke – the German Left Party.

I will vote against the federal government’s proposal which, according to them, is “financial assistance for the benefit of the Hellenic Republic”. They want to make us believe that their intention is to help the Greek people. But this is a lie. Not a single cent of the 130 billion euros is earmarked for the Greek people. The Greek state will be the beneficiary of the money in order to pay off debts to German, French, and Greek banks. The rescue package is not intended for the Greek people but for the European banks.

I will vote No today because those that are part of the cause of the crisis do not deserve this reward. I will vote No today because it is Greek wage earners and the poor who are paying for this when all is said and done, and every single euro has to be paid back at excessive interest rates. Greek wage earners, their wages cut to starvation levels, their jobs and livelihoods gone, their pension contributions pilfered, they are the ones to pay.

I will vote No because these measures can only be forced upon the Greek people by external pressure. In reality, this bailout package is a weapon against Greek sovereignty over its own budget. The Troika consisting of the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and the International Monetary Fund undermine democracy in order to wage war against the Greek working class.

But German wage earners also pay for these policies. It is their taxes which make up the bailout package to rescue the banks. Falsely, Greek workers are presented as the guilty party. No, Greek workers are not lazy, neither have they lived beyond their means. I will vote No because I am opposed to wage earners being played off against one another by the European ruling class. What we need instead is a European minimum wage. What we need instead is for the banks to be nationalised. The financial markets must be muzzled. This is the only way to stop speculators driving whole countries into bankruptcy.

My No in parliament is a Yes to resistance. I support the strikes by Greek trade unions against the Troika’s austerity measures. I also support the protests against the powerful financial markets planned for May. Only solidarity in resistance can break the ruling class austerity diktat.

Berlin, 27th February 2012

Spain 1936 – Greece 2012: Peoples of Europe Unite!

Sonia Mitralia, Member of the Greek Committee Against the Debt and the Women’s Initiative Against the Debt and Austerity, speaks at a meeting organised in Marseilles on 17 February 2012 by the French campaign “for a citizens’ audit of the public debt”.

The pace of history is picking up and the cataclysmic events of recent days in Greeceshould now eliminate any lingering doubts that Greece today is tending to become for Europe what Spain was in 1936. This apparently rather daring insight is not the work of a few romantics. No, it is those who rule us, for those who have beat it into us all day long for almost two years are those at the top, the Merkels and Sarkozys, the IMF and the bankers, neo-liberal reactionaries above and beyond national frontiers, those who have chosen to turn Greece into a laboratory for their inhuman policies and the Greeks into guinea pigs for their shock therapy.

It is high time for all of us at the bottom in Europeto take seriously what Merkozy and the Troika are telling us and act accordingly.  Let us accept the challenge and tell them that starting now Greece will become a test case for the workers’ movement too, for the social and women’s movements, for the peoples and the exploited all over Europe. Yes, let’s make it very clear to them that we are all Greeks because we totally understand that the the struggle of the Greek people is more than ever our struggle. That if they come and try to smash and defeat the Greek people, we and all the other peoples ofEurope will for it next, one by one …

You may remember the nonsense they told us in the very beginning, that “this is a unique and specifically Greek case due to the fact that these Greeks are lazy good-for-nothings inured to lying and corruption”, But since then , we have learned that the debt black hole isn’t confined to Greece, that it is not due to the alleged excesses of the Greek state, because it’s the same in America, France, Italy and Japan. In fact, it’s typical of capitalism and of a crisis which is quite simply systemic.

But be on your guard against cliches and ready-made phrases which simply do not capture the reality of what is happening inGreecetoday. Can you really still talk about – even draconian – austerity when wages and pensions in Greece are falling by 40%, 50% or even 60%? When purchasing power for the overwhelming majority of the population has already been slashed by 50%, 60% or even 70%? When the country’s middle class is ruined and on the way to pauperisation? When newly-employed people only get 417 euros and new pensioners only get 320 euros? Is it still only “fiscal prudence” when every other young Greek is unemployed and unemployment levels have now reached 25%? How can you talk of mere “temporary sacrifices” when malnutrition is ravaging little primary school-children and hunger stalks even the middle-class districts of Greek towns? How can you pretend that all this is “necessary to get the finances into order” in Greece when our executions themselves cynically admit that the policies they have forcibly imposed on Greece have failed and are only pushing the country deeper into a monstrous recession and that the Greek debt can never be repaid? So is this just sadism on the part of the infamous Troika or is it rather an open declaration of war by capital on the world of work? Daily reality forces us to admit: Yes, what we are seeing inGreeceis a veritable war by those on top against those at the bottom, the rich against all the others. At the same time, let us not forget, for it is important, that what we are seeing is the rebirth of the worst colonialism, when we see Greece humiliated and stripped of almost all her national sovereignty, treated by her supposed European partners as an actual colony, a protectorate in leading-strings, run on the spot by some Gauleiter sent by Mrs Merkel and Mr Schaueble …

And what are Greek people themselves doing? Be careful, don’t believe what they tell you about the Greeks. Your media are like ours: the reality they describe to us is completely unreal. Talking abour present-dayGreece, they insist that there is inAthensa government of National Union supported by four fifths of the representatives of the Greek people. So, to believe them, you would end up thinking the Greeks are a bit S/M and enjoy being knocked about …

Obviously the reality is very different. A dozen general strikes in less than two years, countless hard-fought struggles and strikes all over the country, a semi-insurrectionary climate over recent months, a movement of “Indignés” – the Aganaktismeni – which swept through Greece for three months, very violent confrontations with the unbridled forces of repression, ministers and MPs who have been too scared to go out for the last ten months because they are booed or even beaten by passers-by, a parliament beseiged more and more frequently by hundreds of thousands of demonstrators who sooner or later will take it by storm … this is a brief glance at the almost daily routine in Greece long months since.

But these are only the warning tremors of a great social earthquake which is under preparation. In fact you only need to look a little more closely to see that people’s anger is even now breaking all historical records, that the country is like a volcano ready to explode. Also the very many opinion polls tell a story. Popular support for the government of so-called National Unity is no more than 8%, while taken together the parties to the left of social-democratic PASOK now score over 50%! Everything is changing at breakneck speed and the political landscape inGreecein undergoing a truly unprecedented upheaval  because entire sections of Greek society are looking for radical solutions for the crisis and for their galloping impoverishment. Would you like an example which perfectly illustrates this quite exceptional situation, which more and more resembles what happened in a certain inter-war period on our continent? PASOK, which two years ago gained a triumphant and record-breaking victory with 45% ov the vote, only scores less than 10% in the opinion polls, while recently a tiny group of neo-nazi murderers has scored 3%! Yes, Greek society is experiencing its ownWeimarRepublic…

So, what is to be done? The first thing is to say loud and clear that Greeks should not pay this debt which is strangling them and which is not their responsibility, that payment should be suspended immediately. To do what? To do what we are obliged to do by international law, the UN, and a number of international conventions, signed by our governments, incidentally: to invest the astronomic sums currently devoted to servicing this debt to satisfying the basic needs of Greek society, infrastructure, public services, the unemployed, starving kids, single-parent families, the sick and the disabled, and women who are currently forced to take on for free within the family all the tasks which used to be performed by public services before they were dismantled and privatised.

For how long? For as long as it takes to carry out a citizens’ audit to identify which bits of it are invalid and which should be annulled and not paid, all the while obstinately refusing to fall into the trap of our executioners’ blackmail when they keep repeating all day long that any such radical policy automatically leads to leaving the euro and the European Union and a forced national withdrawal into ourselves…

No! No! No! We refuse to pay this debt and at the same time we will stay in the euro zone. And the main reason for this is very simple: because we want to fight side by side with you, all together, hand in hand with all the peoples and all the workers of this continent, to blow up this Europe of capital, of the Merkels and the Sarkozys. Because we want to create and build up what they call the “systemic crisis” of this anti-democratic and anti-social European Union of the rich. Yes, from now on there is only one realistic and feasible course, that of a joint struggle of all those at the bottom everywhere inEurope. Comrades, now more than every, unity makes us strong. Let us unite, because together we can still change this world which is in the process of rotting away. Before it is too late  … and remember: If not us, who? If not now, when?

Save the Greeks from their Saviours! says Alain Badiou

French intellectuals have launched a new statement today in support of the Greek people: Alain Badiou, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Étienne Balibar, Claire Denis, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Avital Ronell. Save the Greeks from their Saviors! February 22, 2012. Translation into English by Anastazia Golemi.

At this moment, that one out of two Greeks is unemployed, 25.000 homeless wander in the streets of Athens, 30% of the population is living below the poverty line, thousands of families have to put their children in institutions so they won’t die of hunger and cold, and refugees and newly poor citizens struggle for garbage bins in public places, the “saviors” of Greece, under the pretext of the Greeks “not putting lots of effort” impose a new plan of help that doubles the given lethal dose. A plan that eliminates the labor law, and condemns the already poor people to extreme poverty, while vanishing the middle classes.

There is no chance this idea is the “salvation” of Greece: all the -worthy of the name- economists agree on that. The goal is to win time in order to save the creditors while the country is driven to a prescribed bankruptcy. Primarily, the aim is to transform Greece into a laboratory of social transformation that will be generalized later across Europe. The model tested over the Greeks is a model of a society without public services, in which schools, hospitals and medical centers are demolished, health becomes a privilege of the rich, vulnerable populations are destined for a planned extermination, while those who still have a job will be working under extreme insecurity and economic misery.

But in order that the counterattack of neoliberalism to achieve its goal, needs a system to established, that abolishes the most basic democratic rights. Under orders of the rescuers, we see that in Europe are installed governments of technocrats who despise popular sovereignty. This is a turning point concerning the parliamentary systems in which we see the “representatives” of the people to empower professionals and bankers, “carte blanche”, denying the alleged authority to make decisions. A type of parliamentary coup, which refer, inter alia, in an expanded repressive arsenal against the protests of the people. Therefore, once the Members ratified the diametrically opposed to the mandate dictated by the Troika agreement (European Union, European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund), a power lacking democratic legitimacy mortgaging the future of the country for the next thirty or forty years.

Furthermore, the European Union is ready to create a blocked bank account in which the aid to Greece will be deposited directly in order to be used exclusively for the benefit of the debt. The revenues of the country must be the “absolute priority” to repay creditors and, if need comes up should be directly deposited into this account that is managed by the European Union. The Convention explicitly requires that any new obligations that may arise will be governed by the English law, which requires material guarantees, and the disputes will be decided by the courts of Luxembourg and Greece will have been a priori lost every right of appeal against any seizure the creditors may decide. To complete the picture, privatization assigned to a fund managed by Troika which will hold the ownership titles of public goods. To complete the picture, privatization assigned to a fund managed by Troika which will hold the titles of ownership of public goods. In short, we are dealing with a generalized looting, a characteristic of the financial capitalism that in this case offers himself an institutional betrayal. To the extent that sellers and buyers will sit on the same side of the table, we have not the slightest doubt that the privatization project is a real symposium for the buyers.

All the measures taken so far had only result in deepening the Greek national debt which, with the help of the rescuers who lend to usurious interest rates, has literally skyrocketing approaching 170% of a gross national product in free fall, while in 2009 represented only 120%.

Everyone can bet that those many rescue plans that are presented each time as “final” – were intended to weaken more and more Greece’s position so that, lacking any opportunity to propose its own terms of a reconstruction, to be forced to sell everything to the creditors under the blackmail of “destruction or austerity.” The artificial and forced deterioration of the debt issue was used as a weapon of assault for the fall of a society as a whole.We are deliberately using here terms that belong to the military terminology: this is clearly a war conducted by the means of economy, politics and law, a class war against the entire society. And the spoils that the financial system expects to distract from “the enemy” are the social gains and democratic rights, but what is ultimately at stake is the ability for a human life. And the life of those who do not produce or consume enough compared with the profit-maximizing strategies should not be maintained.

So, the inability of a country caught in the vise of unlimited speculation and destructive plans of salvation, is the secret door from where a model -society violently invades in accordance with the requirements of the neo-liberal fundamentalism. A model for whole Europe and beyond. This is the real challenge, and therefore the defense of the Greek people is not limited to a gesture of solidarity or abstract humanity: the future of democracy and the fate of European nations are at stake. Everywhere the “urgent necessity” of a “painful but life-saving” austerity is presented as the means to avoid the fate of Greece, but this leads directly to it.

Against this organized attack against society, in front of the disaster of the last islands of democracy, we call our fellow citizens, the French and European friends to express themselves strongly. We must not allow the monopoly of speech to the “experts” and politicians. The fact that the request of mainly German and French leaders now is to ban elections in Greece can really leave us indifferent? The stigmatization and the systematic denigration of the people does not really deserve an answer? Is it possible for us not to raise our voice against this institutional murder of the Greek people? And can we stay silent in front of the forced establishment of a system that outlaws even the very idea of social solidarity?

We are at a no turning back point. It is urgent to fight the battle of numbers and the war of words to stop the extreme-liberal rhetoric of fear and misinformation. It is urgent to deconstruct the moral lessons that obscure the real process that takes place in society. It is more than urgent to demystify the racist Greek insistence on a “characteristic” that aims to elevate the supposed national character of a nation (laziness or intended guile) to the root cause of a crisis that is actually global. What counts today is not the differences, real or imaginary, but the commons: the fate of a nation who will influence others.

Many technical solutions have been proposed in order to get out of the dilemma “either destruction of society or bankruptcy” (meaning, as we see it today: “and destruction and bankruptcy”). All solutions should be examined as elements of thought in order to build an other Europe.But first we must denounce the crime, bring out the situation of the Greek people, because of “aid projects” which were conceived by and for the speculators and creditors. Once a support movement is woven around the world, where networks of the Internet are buzzing initiatives of solidarity, the French intellectuals would it be the last to speak up in support of Greece? Without waiting any longer, let’s multiply the articles, the media interventions, the conversations, the calls, the demonstrations. Because any initiative is welcome , any initiative is urgent. In what concerns us, here’s what we suggest: to move quickly to the creation of a European intellectuals and artists comittee in solidarity with the Greek people to resist.

If not us, who will?

If not now, when will it be?

Daniel ALVARO, Alain BADIOU, Jean-Christophe BAILLY, Étienne BALIBAR, Fernanda BERNARDO, Barbara CASSIN, Bruno CLÉMENT, Danièle COHEN-LEVINAS, Yannick COURTEL, Claire DENIS, Georges DIDI-HUBERMANN, Roberto ESPOSITO, Francesca ISIDORI, Pierre-Philippe JANDIN, Jérôme LÈBRE, Jean-Clet MARTIN, Jean-Luc NANCY, Jacques RANCIÈRE, Judith REVEL, Elisabeth RIGAL; Jacob ROGOZINSKI, Avital RONELLI, Ugo SANTIAGO, Beppe SEBASTE, Michèle SINAPI, Enzo TRAVERSO, Frieder Otto WOLF.


Alain Badiou, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Étienne Balibar, Claire Denis, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Avital Ronell. Save the Greeks from their Saviors! February 22, 2012. Translation into English by Anastazia Golemi.
Alain Badiou, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Étienne Balibar, Claire Denis, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Avital Ronell. Salvemos el pueblo griego de sus salvadores! February 22, 2012. Translation into Spanish by Mauricio Rugeles Schoonewolff.
Alain Badiou, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Étienne Balibar, Claire Denis, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Avital Ronell. Sauvons le peuple grec de ses sauveurs! in: Liberation. February 22, 2012. (French).
Alain Badiou, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Étienne Balibar, Claire Denis, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Avital Ronell. Retten wir das griechische Volk vor seinen Rettern! February 21, 2012. Translation into German by Judith Dellheim.
Alain Badiou, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Étienne Balibar, Claire Denis, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Avital Ronell. Salviamo la Grecia dai suoi salvatori: Un appello agli intellettuali europe. February 22, 2012. Translation into Italian by Vicky Skoumbi, Dimitris Vergetis, Michel Surya.
Alain Badiou, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Étienne Balibar, Claire Denis, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Avital Ronell. ΝΑ ΣΩΣΟΥΜΕ ΤΟΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΛΑΟ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΥΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΕΣ ΤΟΥ. in: tometopo. February 21, 2012. (Greek).
Alain Badiou, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Étienne Balibar, Claire Denis, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Avital Ronell. Spasimo Grcki Narod Od Njegovih Spasitelja! February 21, 2012. Translation into Serbian by Vesna Madzoski.

Greek Solidarity Appeal – now in German!

As thousands now sign up to the Appeal – including leading cultural figures Ken Loach, John Pilger, Iain Banks and A.L.Kennedy – please add your name and circulate the call widely across Europe.

Solidarität mit Griechenland

Bitte unterschreibt den Aufruf zur Solidarität mit Griechenland. Die Unterschriftenaktion wird von Gewerkschaftern, Abgeordneten und Aktivisten unterstützt.

Griechenland ist von einer beispiellosen wirtschaftlichen und politischen Krise betroffen. Die Menschen sind durch die Forderungen der sogenannten Troika, bestehend aus der Europäischen Union, der Europäischen Zentralbank und dem Internationalen Währungsfonds, zu Armut und Massenarbeitslosigkeit verdammt. Die Troika hat Griechenland auch Lucas Papadermos, ehemals Vize-Präsident der Europäischen Zentralbank, als Premierminister aufgezwängt.

Krankhäusern in Griechenland mangelt es an gewöhnlichen Medikamenten, fast die Hälfte aller jungen Menschen sind arbeitslos, in einigen Industrie- und Dienstleistungszweigen werden schon seit Monaten keine Gehälter bezahlt; viele sind gezwungen, Suppenküchen in Anspruch zu nehmen oder im Müll nach Essbarem zu suchen.

Jetzt fordert die Troika zusätzlich eine Mindestlohnkürzung von 23%, Zehntausende Stellen im öffentlichen Dienst sollen gekürzt werden und die Renten, die schon um fast 50% gekürzt wurden, sollen noch mehr sinken. Das internationale Kapital zerstört im ganzen Land Vermögenswerte und demoliert das Sozialgefüge.

Griechenland befindet sich an der Schnittkante der Sparpolitik, die allerdings auch in anderen Ländern Europas eingeführt wird. Und während alles Beweismaterial darauf hindeutet, dass diese Maßnahmen im Interesse der besitzenden Klasse sind, ist auch klar, dass die Mehrheit der Menschen leidet. Und was heute Griechenland, ist morgen Portugal und übermorgen Irland. Auch die britische Koalitionsregierung verfolgt ähnliche Maßnahmen einschließlich Lohnkürzungen, längeres Arbeiten für niedrigere Renten sowie Abbau des nationalen Gesundheitswesens und anderen öffentlichen Leistungen.

Mikis Theodorakis, der berühmte griechische Komponist, der auch die Musik zu den Filmen „Alexis Sorbas“ und „Z“ schrieb, und Manolis Glezos, antifaschistischer Widerstandskämpfer, Politiker und Autor, veröffentlichten einen Aufruf, einen gemeinsamen Appell für die Rettung der Menschen Europas.

Die britische Coalition of Resistance und die, ebenfalls britische, People’s Charter unterstützen diesen Aufruf und arbeiten zusammen mit Gewerkschaften, Bürgerinitiativen und Parteien in ganz Europa, um eine Solidaritätsbewegung mit Griechenland aufzubauen. Wir organisieren Solidaritätsveranstaltungen und leisten den Menschen in Griechenland praktischen Beistand. Wir dürfen es nicht zulassen, dass Millionen Menschen für die Krise bezahlen, die sie nicht verursacht haben.

Bitte unterschreibt und sammelt Unterschriften.

Weiter unten ist eine erste Unterschriftenliste.

Greek Solidarity Appeal from Tony Benn Έκκληση για αλληλεγγύη στο λαό της Ελλάδας.

Tony Benn, President of the Coalition of Resistance, has made an Appeal for solidarity with the people of Greece. It is receiving strong support. The text in English can be found in the post below this one.

Προσθέστε την υπογραφή σας για τη δήλωση αλληλεγγύης προς το λαό της Ελλάδας ,η οποία δημοσιεύτηκε στην εφημερίδα Guardian και υποστηρίζεται από ηγετικά μέλη συνδικάτων, μέλη του Κοινοβουλίου και ακτιβιστές.

Ο λαός της Ελλάδας είναι αντιμέτωπος με μια πρωτοφανή οικονομική και πολιτική κρίση. Οδηγούνται στη φτώχεια και στη μαζική ανεργία εξαιτίας των απαιτήσεων της επονομαζόμενης Τρόικας – της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, της Ευρωπαϊκής Κεντρικής Τράπεζας και του Διεθνούς Νομισματικού Ταμείου οι οποίοι έχουν επιβάλει το Λουκά Παπαδήμο, πρώην αντιπρόεδρο της ΕΚΤ, ως πρωθυπουργό.

Νοσοκομεία στην Ελλάδα ξεμένουν από βασικά φάρμακα, σχεδόν οι μισοί από τους  νέους είναι άνεργοι, εργαζόμενοι σε μερικούς τομείς είναι απλήρωτοι εδώ και μήνες, και αρκετοί αναγκάζονται να καταφύγουν σε συσσίτια ή να ψάχνουν στα σκουπίδια.

Τώρα η Τρόικα απαιτεί μείωση του κατώτατου μισθού κατά 23%, την απόλυση δεκάδων χιλιάδων εργαζομένων στο δημόσιο τομέα και τον αποδεκατισμό των συντάξεων που έχουν ήδη χάσει σχεδόν το 50% της αξίας τους. Το διεθνές κεφάλαιο εκποιεί μια ολόκληρη χώρα και διαλύει τον κοινωνικό της ιστό.

Η Ελλάδα βρίσκεται στο μεταίχμιο των μέτρων λιτότητας που εισάγονται σε ολόκληρη την Ευρώπη. Όλα τα στοιχεία δείχνουν ότι ενώ τα μέτρα αυτά προστατεύουν τα συμφέροντα των πλουσίων, κάνουν απλά χειρότερα τα πράγματα για την πλειοψηφία του πληθυσμού. Αυτό που συμβαίνει στην Ελλάδα σήμερα, θα το δούμε αύριο να συμβαίνει στην Πορτογαλία και στην Ιρλανδία μεθαύριο. Στη Βρετανία, η κυβέρνηση Συνασπισμού επιδιώκει παρόμοια μέτρα που θα φέρουν περικοπές στις αποδοχές των εργαζομένων, περισσότερα χρόνια εργασίας για μικρότερη σύνταξη και τη διάλυση του ΕΣΥ συμπεριλαμβανομένων και άλλων δημόσιων υπηρεσιών.

Ο Μίκης Θεοδωράκης, ο διάσημος Έλληνας συνθέτης του Χορού του Ζορμπά, και ο Μανώλης Γλέζος, βετεράνος αντιστασιακός μαχητής κατά της ναζιστικής κατοχής, έχουν εκδώσει μια δήλωση καλώντας για τη δημιουργία ενός Ευρωπαϊκού Μετώπου με σκοπό την υπεράσπιση του λαού της Ελλάδας καθώς και όλων εκείνων που αντιμετωπίζουν λιτότητα.

Ο Συνασπισμός Αντίστασης (Coalition of Resistance) και της Χάρτας του Λαού (People’s Charter) αποφάσισαν να υποστηρίξουν αυτή την έκκληση και συμφώνησαν να συνεργαστούν με συνδικάτα, ακτιβιστικές καμπάνιες και κόμματα σε όλη την Ευρώπη για τη δημιουργία μιας Ευρωπαϊκής Εκστρατείας Αλληλεγγύης για την υπεράσπιση του λαού της Ελλάδας. Η εκστρατεία έχει στόχο την οργάνωση αλληλεγγύης και την αύξηση πρακτικής υποστήριξης για το λαό της Ελλάδας. Δε γίνεται να υποχρεωθούν να πληρώσουν για μια κρίση για την οποία δεν ευθύνονται.

Σας γράφουμε για να σας ζητήσουμε να προσυπογράψετε αυτή την εκστρατεία και να την δημοσιοποιήσετε και σε άλλους.

Παρακάτω βρίσκεται η λίστα των αρχικών υπογραφών. Θα απευθύνουμε πρόσκληση για μια οργανωμένη συνάντηση για αυτή την εκστρατεία μέσα στην επόμενη εβδομάδα.

Andrew Burgin – Γραμματέας, Συνασπισμός Αντίστασης (Coalition of Resistance)

Tony Benn – Πρόεδρος, Συνασπισμός Αντίστασης (Coalition of Resistance)

John Hendy – Συμπρόεδρος, People’s Charter

Len McCluskey – Γενικός γραμματέας, UNITE

Mark Serwotka ­– Γενικός γραμματέας, PCS

Christine Blower ­– Γενική γραμματέας NUT

Bob Crow – Γενικός γραμματέας, RMT

Billy Hayes – Γενικός γραμματέας, CWU

Michelle Stanistreet – Γενική γραμματέας, NUJ

Manuel Cortes – Γενικός γραμματέας, TSSA

Sally Hunt, Γενική γραμματέας UCU

Matt Wrack –, Γενικός γραμματέας FBU

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Caroline Lucas MP

John McDonnell MP

Tariq Ali, Συγγραφέας

Romayne Phoenix – Chair Coalition of Resistance

Imran Khan – Co Chair People’s Charter

Frank Cooper – Πρόεδρος National Pensioners Convention [pc]

Owen Jones

Lee Jasper ­­– BARAC

Paul Mackney – Vice-Chair, Coalition of Resistance (former GS NATFHE/UCU)

Ann Pettifor, New Economics Foundation

James Meadway – Ανώτερος Οικονομολόγος, New Economics Foundation

Kate Hudson

Lindsey German

Rachel Newton – Convenor People’s Charter

Sean Rilla Razka – Εκλεγμένος Πρόεδρος ULU

Pete Murry Green Party Trade Union Group

Peter Allen Convenor Green Left

Patrick Sikorski RMT

Chris Bambery

Clare Solomon – συν-εκδότρια Springtime: The New Student Rebellions

Cherry Sewell – Coalition of Resistance

Cat Boyd Chair Coalition of Resistance Glasgow

Aaron Kiely, NUS National Executive

Fiona Edwards, Student Broad Left

John Rees, Counterfire

Fred Leplat, Socialist Resistance

International Socialist Group, Scotland

Heinrich Buecker, Berlin gegen Krieg, (Anti-War Cafe Berlin)

Martin Mayer, UNITE Executive Council member for Passenger Transport

Dr Jack Czauderna, (συνταξιούχος γενικός ιατρός)

Dr Maureen O’Leary, (συνταξιούχος Σύμβουλος Ψυχίατρος)

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Greek Solidarity Appeal from Tony Benn

Tony Benn, President of the Coalition of Resistance, has launched this Appeal for solidarity with the people of Greece. It is already backed by the overwhelming majority of the trades union movement.

The people of Greece face an unprecedented economic and political crisis. They are being driven to poverty and mass unemployment by the demands of the so-called Troika – the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund which has imposed Lucas Papademos as Prime Minister.

Hospitals in Greece are running out of basic medicines, nearly half of all young people are unemployed, workers in some sectors have not been paid for months, and many are forced to resort to soup kitchens or scavenge from rubbish dumps.

Now the Troika demands a cut of 23% to the minimum wage, the sacking of tens of thousands of public sector workers and the decimation of pensions which have already lost nearly 50% of their value. International capital is asset stripping an entire country and ripping apart its social fabric.

Greece is at the cutting edge of the austerity measures that are being introduced across Europe. All the evidence shows that while these measures may protect the interests of the rich, they just make matters worse for the majority of the population. What happens in Greece today we will see in Portugal tomorrow and in Ireland the day after. In Britain, the Coalition government is pursuing similar measures which will see workers’ earnings reduced, working longer for a smaller pension, and the NHS dismantled along with other public services.

Mikis Theodorakis, famous Greek composer of Zorba’s Dance, and Manolis Glezos, veteran resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation, have issued a statement calling for a European Front to defend the people of Greece and all those facing austerity.

The Coalition of Resistance, at its National Council meeting in Birmingham on the 11th February 2012 unanimously decided to support this call and agreed to work with trades unions, campaigns and parties across Europe to establish a European Solidarity Campaign to defend the people of Greece.  The campaign aims to organise solidarity and raise practical support for the people ofGreece; they cannot be made to pay for a crisis for which they are not responsible.

We are writing to you to ask you to endorse this campaign and to publicise it to others.

Tony Benn – President, Coalition of Resistance

Andrew Burgin – Secretary, Coalition of Resistance

Len McCluskey – General Secretary, UNITE

Mark Serwotka ­– General Secretary, PCS

Christine Blower, General Secretary, NUT

Sally Hunt, General Secretary, UCU

Bob Crow – General Secretary, RMT

Billy Hayes – General Secretary, CWU

Michelle Stanistreet – General Secretary, NUJ

Manuel Cortes – General Secretary, TSSA

Matt Wrack – General Secretary, FBU

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Caroline Lucas MP

John McDonnell MP