Monday, July 8, 2019

Greece elections: Statement of the General Secretary of the KKE Dimitris Koutsoumbas

Statement of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumbas shortly after the announcement of the result of the July 7th parliamentary elections:

"We thank all those who voted for the KKE and especially those who took the step for the first time. In addition we thank those who cooperated with the KKE in this election battle, participated in its lists, even if in the past they belonged to other political currents, continuing the similar mobilization that occurred also during the European elections. We salute the thousands of members, cadres, friends of the Party and KNE who gave their best to strengthen the KKE.

The next day will find new forces on the path of the counterattack, on the path of the political class struggle.
The conditions of the elections, as well as of the European elections a month ago reflected a new correlation of forces between the bourgeois parties with the main characteristic being the superiority of ND over SYRIZA and consequently the change in government, without a substantial change in the political line, with a strengthening of the two-pole system, as well as an overall trend towards increasing conservatism.
In the elections the justified popular discontent with the SYRIZA government was recorded, which in the previous years implemented the anti-people political line, continuing the work of the ND and PASOK governments. However it is negative that a section of the people turned to older tried and tested anti-people choices like ND. The exploitation and slandering of left socialist values by SYRIZA demobilized left radical people, impacted negatively on the labour -people's movement. 
It is positive that Golden Dawn has retreated in terms of votes and percentage and will not enter Parliament as it seems.
The percentage of the KKE was achieved in conditions of polarization, blackmail, dilemmas, disillusionment, abstention, a reduced level of demands that are cultivated not only by bourgeois political forces like ND, but also by forces that present themselves as being of the "left".
The new parliamentary group with the percentage given by the Greek people to the KKE will devote all its forces in the years to come to promote and defend the interests of the working class, popular strata of our country.
The votes of the KKE will be utilized from tomorrow morning in every workplace, neighbourhood, in the schools, in the universities to organize struggles in order to block new measures, in order to bring relief to all who suffer.
We all know that the difficulties have not ended. We all understand that the fairytale of the "post-memorandum era" and "just development" has nothing to do with the everyday life of our people. 
Tomorrow there is the scheduled Eurogroup meeting that will remind the new government of ND of its commitments and anti-people priorities.
The KKE with all its forces, inside and outside of Parliament, will fight against the new government from the standpoint of the workers'-people's needs, it will play the leading role in organizing the struggles of the working class, the popular sections of the middle strata against the full-scale assault of capital, the EU, NATO in order to pave the way for the real overthrow."