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A statement of KOE + Informal info about today's developments in Greece

by the Communist Organization of Greece - KOE
The Communist Organization of Greece - KOE issued yesterday a Press Statement, publicly dissociating KOE from a “statement” of SYRIZA (Radical Left Coalition) – which in reality has been published by the party of Synaspismos, without any consultation with the Executive Secretariat of SYRIZA. Contrary to the first statement of the coalition, which was in full support of the unprecedented and righteous protests of the Greek people on the National Day (*), the second “statement” was condemning the mass protests of the people as far as they obliged the president of the Hellenic Republic to quit the official celebration parade... The Press Statement of KOE reads as follows:




We fully understand the panic of the “official” political parties in front of the new thunderous NO to the new occupation, as it has been shouted the Greek people all over the country on our National Day of 28 October – just a few days after the biggest political general strike since the fall of the dictatorship. These events wrote History, and confirmed once again, this time in the most resounding way, that the puppet government of Papandreou has lost any legitimacy.

On the contrary, we cannot understand at all the “dissociation” from the popular protests that obliged the president of the republic to leave from the official celebration, as stated in a second “Press Statement of SYRIZA” published the next day in the most arbitrary way by the leadership of Synaspismos, without any consultation with the other forces of SYRIZA. The first Press Statement of SYRIZA, issued on 28 October and saluting the popular protests all over Greece, was correct and did not need any further “clarification”.

On our turn, we fully dissociate ourselves from the unacceptable declarations of Mr Papadimoulis, MP of SYRIZA, who very correctly pointed out that the citizen who physically aggressed an MP of PASOK in the city of Trikala was not member of SYRIZA – the problem is that Mr Papadimoulis did not stop there: He felt obliged to add that this citizen “must be punished according the law” (!), and this while the people of Trikala liberated the citizen just minutes after his arrest by the police.

On this occasion, the Communist Organization of Greece salutes our national resistance figures, Manolis Glezos and Mikis Theodorakis. They, contrary to the president of the republic who openly supports the new occupation, honored their past by declaring that the thunderous protests of the Greek people were the best commemoration of our National Day.

Against the maneuvers of the guilty and collapsing political system, the Greek people will again and again smash the blackmailing and the terrorizing dilemmas put forward by the Papandreou-Quisling government. The Greek people shall continue the struggle for survival and freedom, until the overthrow of the new occupation’s regime and the opening of the path towards a political, economic and social way out for our country.

31 October 2011

Press Office of the Communist Organization of Greece – KOE


(*) On 28 October the masses chased away from the celebrations all over Greece all the government officials and MPs, including the president of the Hellenic Republic, thus transforming the antifascist anniversary in a huge and combative manifestation against the regime of the new occupation. For more, see the statement of KOE on 28 October 2011.






In the meantime, yesterday evening (31/10/2011) the puppet government announced that it will organize a referendum about the new agreement with the IMF-EU-ECB troika “sometime in the beginning of 2012”. This development was directly influenced by the popular protests on 28 October, which made clear that it is very difficult for this government to continue to exist. Today, November 1, the government party PASOK is breaking apart. Already 3 more of the government’s MPs have distanced themselves from Papandreou’s tactics, and at the time of writing an extraordinary meeting of the ministers’ council is taking place, with still unknown outcome. Some first and hasty conclusions for your information, while the developments are still in process (tomorrow KOE will issue an official statement):

1. The anti-occupation struggle enters a new phase after the mass protests of 28 October, which caused panic to the whole political system and accelerated the adventurism of Papandreou.

2. Many factors, both Greek and foreign, are active in the efforts to manipulate the popular rage.

3. The elections cannot answer the demands of the Greek people for survival and freedom. The struggle must continue until we overthrow the whole political system, with the people exercising the real democracy and regaining the independence of Greece.

4. Papandreou’s tactics, including the announcement of a referendum (which will probably take no place), are an effort to blackmail the whole bourgeois political system in order to form a “national unity government”, or at least to guarantee his immunity. He is attempting to gain time, betting on the support of the USA, despite the dissatisfaction provoked in Germany etc by his tactics.

5. The other systemic political forces (from the extreme right wing and the main opposition right wing party to the “Democratic Left”) are refusing to follow Papandreou in his collapse. They will attempt to save the political system without Papandreou.


Athens, 1 November 2011



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