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Greece: Snap Elections Called, Syriza Split—Statement of the Communist Tendency of Syriza

Greek Prime Minister Alexi Tsipras has called for new elections on September 20. At the same time, the Left Platform within SYRIZA has announced the setting up of a new party which will run in these elections. Below you find the statement of the Greek Marxists from the Communist Tendency of SYRIZA on the recent events.

communist tendency syrizaThe snap elections must become a “boomerang” against their pro-memorandum initiators. A class conscious and left-wing vote and the building of the socialist foundation of the new party would be the best way to defend the betrayed No” vote of the people, which was betrayed by the government.

The announcement of new parliamentary elections constitutes a desperate attempt by the presidential team of SYRIZA to survive politically in the midst of growing popular indignation at their betrayal. It is also designed to secure the political basis for the new Memorandum, by the weakening of the anti-memorandum left wing of SYRIZA. So, even though this looks like an oxymoron, the announcement of the elections is an integral part of the undemocratic cancellation of the anti-memorandum popular mandate of the recent referendum by the ruling class and the imperialist creditors—an act to which the government and the presidential team of SYRIZA participated and still participate as willing accomplices.

But whatever the intentions behind it, the September 20 elections provide an important opportunity for the working class, youth, and poor strata of the people. This is an opportunity to achieve a decisive victory over the defenders of capitalism, as well as old and new supporters of the Memoranda, by taking political revenge for the brutal violation of the people’s mandate given on January 25 and July 5. The bourgeois parties, New Democracy, Golden Dawn, PASOK, Potami, and the other smaller ones, as well as the new, pro-memorandum SYRIZA of the Tsipras leadership team, have to be voted down. The popular vote must be class driven, and, through the active mobilization of the workers, it must give the left parties a mandate to form a truly leftist government that will eradicate the Memoranda, the austerity, and capitalism, which created them. This political purpose should be achieved through the unity of the KKE and the new leftist party founded by the forces of the left wing of SYRIZA.

After violating the founding principles of the party and effectively abolishing all collective party proceedings, the team of Alexis Tsipras has destroyed SYRIZA as a left party, able to represent the workers. This also confirms the harsh and clear criticism that the Communist Tendency has been putting forward promptly and systematically. The leftist militants of the party have now come out strongly in favor of creating a new left party that will serve the—betrayed—founding purposes of the old SYRIZA.

The Communist Tendency actively participates in the establishment procedures of the new political entity, along with the comrades of the Left Platform. For us, Communists, it is obvious that we no longer have any place in the new pro-memorandum “SYRIZA.” We walk side by side with the leftist militants of the old, betrayed SYRIZA, fighting together with the purpose of a new left political entity, and we genuinely and unwaveringly express the interests and rights of the working class and the poor popular strata until the end. Our political actions will continue to be based firmly on the foundations of the principles and ideas of scientific socialism and anti-capitalist/socialist programmatic positions which we have presented and defended since the establishment of our Tendency.

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