Posts Tagged ‘Syriza’

Greece: The end of austerity

January 30, 2015
Syriza leader addresses a rally

Syriza leader addresses a rally

I have spent twice ten days in Greece, in close connection with the young cadre of Syriza and have been rather impressed by both their open-mindedness and their integrity. — Michel Bauwens

Europe acquiesced in an austerity programme that pushed the continent towards deflation, only a party of former Trotskyists, eco-warriors and Occupy protesters stood its ground. — Paul Mason

Syriza had twenty-two days to make history. This is how they did it. Theopi Skarlatos followed Syriza’s activists, candidates and leadership from the waterfront, to remote mountain villages, to the nail biting final days.

An independent documentary directed by Theopi Skarlatos.

With crowd funding, could be a feature length film, documenting how Syriza handles EU intimidation.

Maybe try StartJoin, as this would appear to be an ideal StartJoin project.

Athens was the birthplace of democracy.

We are now seeing in Greece, the re-birth of democracy. Not the sham democracy where every few years we are asked to decide which political elite get their snouts in the trough.

The Greek people have overthrown a corrupt political elite. A corrupt political elite who sold out their own country to the EU, who were prepared to sell off the assets of the country on the cheap, who tried to turn the people into beggars and paupers, slaves for a global market.

Greece has acquired an unlikely ally.

A couple of days ago, the Governor of the Bank of England warned Germany to back off, said austerity was not working.

Greeks are in the vanguard of the fight against austerity and EU imposed privatisation.

Greeks will not back down. They will stand firm against EU and German bullying as although it will be tough, they know the alternates under the EU jackboot with Made in Germany writ on the sole are far worse.

The onus is now on us to support the Greeks in their fight with the EU.

Please join with others and sign the letter of solidarity in support of the Greeks.

Syriza: Greek Revolution Against Corruption

January 27, 2015

Sunday evening BBC reporting hard left. Once the count was in, this had softened to radical left.

Left-Right is meaningless. The mainstream media do not get it. That we are dealing with something different, revolution, handing power to the grass roots.

Imagine if Occupy St Paul’s were forming the next government after the May 2015 General Election, then you begin to get it.

The chance to vote for a party that represents people, not as we have in the UK, a vote for Tweedledee or Tweedledum, whose turn is it to represent Big Business.

Syriza is not a choice between corporate controlled capitalism or state controlled capitalism, it is transference of power to the people.

The Greeks are against EU and all that it stands for, but not against fellow Europeans.

It is the most exciting thing we have seen for a generation, and why David Cameron and his ilk are scared.

We are not in it all together, we have seen transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich and it is those who have benefited the most from austerity, those who fund the parties and pull their strings, the corporate tax dodgers who fear Syriza spreading across Europe. The people deciding, enough is enough.

Tories are in favour of austerity, ToryLite aka Labour are in favour of austerity, LibDems will say anything to hang on to power.

We need to:

  • get dirty money out of politics
  • stop fracking
  • kill The Infrastructure Bill
  • devolve power to the people
  • renationalise the railways
  • establish locally controlled, locally owned power grids
  • break up the banks
  • force corporate tax dodgers to pay their fare share of tax

We also need to act to stop the revolution in Greece being killed at birth. This means we across Europe make it very clear the Greeks have our full support, we will not tolerate interference or bullying by outside forces, be they EU, Germany, global corporations, banks and any others who have used austerity as an excuse for Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, cuts to welfare, sell off of public assets.

Please sign the petition to the EU, demanding that they respect the wishes of the Greek people.

Syriza: Hope has won

January 26, 2015
Syriza flag

Syriza flag

Wonderful result from Greece.

Syriza 37% of the vote, one seat short of a majority.

Watching as the poll results rolled in, the mainstream media was clueless as to what was going on.

Is Occupy, Hard Left?


Left-Right are meaningless.

A large transfer of power to grass roots.

Revolution in the truest sense of the word.

37% of the vote, one seat short of a majority.

The fight back has begun.

No surprise, David Cameron first to put the boot in, once the result known.

Greece has been bastardised by EU and Germany, now they are saying enough is enough, and they speak for the whole of Europe.

Paul Mason

Keen eyed watchers of the Greek media will have seen that, as I attempted to throw a question to Syriza’s number two politician, Rena Douro, she grabbed me by the ears and kissed me. I’d shouted “A long way from Syntagma Square!” because I first interviewed her as a bedraggled protester there, amid tear gas.

As she is the Prefect of Attica, this is the Greek equivalent of being kissed by Boris Johnson.

I persisted with questions: “What next? How can you govern?” But Ms Douro replied simply “Thank you for being here.”

It’s a bit of a stir among the 50-odd other microphone-toting Greek press pack, who did not get kissed, and happened in front of about 100 cameras, so I thought I’d better mention it.

Did spineless Ed Miliband join Occupy on the streets, the protesters outside Parliament, call for protest to be allowed outside Parliament?


Ed Miliband has not evenn had the courtesy to congratulate, but then he wouldn’t would he, as it would only be to draw to attention failed ToryLite policies, anything but radical.

Caroline Lucas was there, but no one from ToryLite front bench. On the other hand ToryLite earlier this month voted with ConDem government for austerity.

Contrast with Rena Douro who Paul Mason mentions, she was on the streets being tear gassed protesting against austerity.

According to George Osborne ‘high risks for us’. Who are the us, is this the we are all in it together? The high risk is for those who have been benefiting from austerity.

BBC reporter Robert Preston, on containing the contamination. But at least BBC are now referring to radical left, not hard left.

Germans on the street, Greeks have made the wrong decisions.

Syriza heading to landslide victory

January 25, 2015

If exit polls to be believed, Syriza this evening heading to a landslide victory. 

Dear Capitalism ... It's Over

Dear Capitalism … It’s Over

Lesson today from Greece: How to beat the fascist right? Build a real left. — Naomi Klein

It looks like Syriza is heading to a landslide victory.

A cause to celebrate.

We must all be prepared to join the fight of Greek people against EU and Germany.

If they implement autonomous, self-organising networks, that will be the most important thing they can do. Structural changes, that locks in community involvement and democratic participation.

Real democracy, not sham democracy, and how appropriate, Athens, the birth place of democracy.

If it causes disintegration of euro and break up of EU, that will be great too.

It is also going to change the narrative, there is no alternative to austerity, which is the only message from political-media establishment.

They are already reporting Syriza as hard left and that is BBC.

We need to correct the media.

We are seeing a radical alternative, Left-right has no meaning.

Syriza are called hard left in a crude attempt to discredit.

In the 1980s, we had right wing think tanks, the Chicago School of economics, they set the agenda, it is still the Agenda today.

There is no alternative, the Lady is not for turning, as Lady Thatcher was wont to say.

The entire political debate is couched in these terms by the political-media establishment.

Austerity is a myth, it is an excuse for Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, cuts to welfare, closure of public libraries, mass transfer of wealth from poor to the rich.

Tweedledee v Tweedledum.

Tories v ToryLite.

Cast a vote to decide whose turn is it to climb aboard the gravy train, get snouts in the trough, act for Big Business paymasters.

A vote for Labour, is a vote for the status quo. In Scotland, vote SNP, in England vote Green Party, if you really wish to see change.

We have the most hated government in recent times. Labour should be way ahead in the polls, they are not because all they offer is ToryLite, more of the same. plus a disastrous leader Ed Miliband, who seems incapable of communicating and spouts meaningless sound bites.

If we want change, we have to get dirty money out of politics.

If we want change, we have to move away from the obsession with the Westminster pantomime. We have to form, self-organising autonomous networks, not replace one party with another, but take power to the grass roots make the system irrelevant. And if we need to send representatives we choose from our own midst, not have them imposed from above, party hacks who do not act for us.

This is happening in Greece, people are organising at grass roots. Syriza has come from Occupy, from the grass roots, are poised for a historic victory.

The fightback starts in Greece, not with Cameron v Miliband, Tory v ToryLite, with Clegg and scum LibDems willing to sell out to anyone.

If Syriza wins they are going to be bullied by Germany and EU. Across Europe we must show solidarity with Greeks, to help them stand firm.

What we have seen in Greece today, if offered a radical alternative, people feel it is worth casting a vote. 

If Syriza wins tonight, we will be able to see there is an alternative.

A longer version with references published on Medium.

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