[fse-esf] Greece 11/12 - We shall not yield to the criminal
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Sat Dec 13 15:21:34 CET 2008
Dear friends, we forward you the following inportant statament. You can find more documents at the website: www.international.koel.gr. Thank you all for your support and solidarity.
5th Statement of the Communist Organization of Greece(KOE)
11 December 2008
We shall not yield to the criminal government!
The “unholy alliance” of “law and order” cannot stop the protest!
1. On Thursday 11 December 2008dozens of thousands of youth got again out in the streets and
demonstrated their rage, marching against the police stations all over Greece. In Athensonly, 21 police stations have been besieged by the youth, who replied
to the police attacks with stones, turned upside down many police
vehicles and burned them. These are not “rioters with masks”, but
school students who protest the murder of Alexis and the government
policies, which kill their future. Thousands of people stand by their
side: their parents, their teachers, the militants of the Left. In many
cases, the people raise and stand in front of the Special Forces,
protecting the youth, resisting the police attacks, even liberating
from the hands of the police the arrested demonstrators.
Hundreds of schools, technical colleges and universities all over the
country are already under occupation. The “Communist Party of Greece”
(KKE), which now became openly the right hand of the criminal
government, failed to stop the General Assemblies of students. The
shameful and pitiful attempt of these “uncompromised communists” to
forbid, during the morning of Thursday, the entrance of students in the
universities, met with the anger of the youth and within hours they
were obliged to retreat in panic. The youth decided to organize new
central demonstrations all over Greecethis Friday 12 December, rejecting the “responsible” attitude of KKE
and of the “socialist” PASOK, who also made an official appeal “for
calm and dignity (!), against occupations and uncontrolled
In these critical moments, the “unholy alliance” of “law and order”
takes shape, the composition of the two opposite camps gets clear. On
the side of the “order” stand the big bourgeoisie and the government of
Karamanlis, with their employees: the mainstream Media, the police, the
gangs of “angry citizens who protect their property” (composed by
extreme right-wing cadres of the government party and by neonazis).
Hand in hand with them goes the supposed “opposition”: the “socialists”
of PASOK and the “communists” of KKE, with their calls for “responsible
attitude” and their open, calumniating attacks against the Radical
Left. This “opposition” receives the congratulations of the government
and of the establishment, who is only very happy to repeat again and
again their accusations against the Coalition of Radical Left. Even the
leader of the extreme right-wing party LAOSaccused A. Alavanos, head of the Parliamentary Group of SYRIZA, that he
“protects the rioters” adding: “It is not me who says that, Mr
Alavanos. It is your kindred spirits from the KKE who affirm that”.
On the other side, the camp of the movement is composed by the revolted
youth and by the forces of the Coalition of Radical Left and other left
organizations, those of the extra-parliamentari an Left. The
combativity of the youth and the work of the communist current within
the Coalition, represented by the Communist Organization of Greece,
have until now succeeded to keep this alliance within the protest and
armed it with a correct demand: “This government must go!”. The
position of our Organization is crystal-clear: We participate to the
revolt with all our forces. We learn by the revolt and we try to
develop it further and arm it with the necessary perspective.
The blocks of KOE in all the demonstrations were combative and did not
retreat in front of the police attacks, which in many cases were
targeted directly against us. KOE is in many cities the initiator of
the struggle and its members play an active role in its organization.
In Patra, the contribution of KOE in the uprising of the school
students was decisive. In Kavala, the local organization of KOE leads
the protest against the repression and the government – to the point
that the mayor of this city accused KOE as “instigator of the riots”.
All over Creta the organizations of KOE excelled, and especially in
Heraklio, where our Organization plays a leading role in the occupation
of the Prefecture’s building. The same goes for other cities all over Greece.
Also, KOE has produced last Tuesday a 4-pages leaflet under the general
slogan “It is right to rebel” and distributed it in dozens of thousands
of copies in 35 cities. The Communist Organization of Greece will
continue with all its forces to advance towards the escalation of the
struggle, aiming at throwing down the government of criminals, the
government of the rich, the government of anti-people policy and
It is right to rebel!
Down with the criminal government of Karamanlis!
Exemplary punishment of the murderers!
Disarm the police – Dissolve the special “anti-riot” forces!
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