Saturday, November 12, 2016

"Neither land nor water to the murderers of the people"- Statement by the KKE about President Obama's visit in Greece

Regarding the upcoming visit of the U.S. President Barack Obama in Greece on Tuesday 15 November, the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece issued the following statement.


"Neither land nor water to the murderers of the people".

The KKE calls the working people, the youth, all Greek people to give a militant "welcome" to the outgoing President of the USA, Barack Obama, who visits our country in a period when the offensive plans of NATO-US-EU are intensified, with Greece's active participation and with huge dangers for the Greek and other people of the region. They (the people) must participate massively to the demonstrations organised by the EEDYE*, PAME and the other bodies of the popular-labour movement, of the youth.

The SYRIZA-ANEL government is exposed to the Greek people, not only because it strews "red carpets" and prepares to welcome the leader of an imperialist power, which is responsible for wars, interventions, deaths of civilians and successive wages of refugees, but also because it mocks by saying that Obama's visit will benefit the Greek people, such as, for example, an american intervention regarding the settlement of the Greek debt. 

The reality is complete different. The visit of the President of the United States in Greece has as its focal point the further participation of our country to the dangerous plans of the imperialists in the broader region, from Syria, Iraq and Libya to the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea, within the framework of the antagonism with other imperialist powers, having as an epicenter the control of the control of the wealth resources, markets and routes of strategic importance.

The sharpening of the inter-imperialist contradictions and rivalries is also manifested with the war which is underway in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and can cause a real holocaust of the people of Europe and generally. The aggressive imperialist policy of the USA will continue under the new President Donald Trump, despite the tactical differences. As it would continue if Hillary Clinton had been elected in the presidency.  

The SYRIZA-ANEL government, with great eagerness and with the agreement of New Democracy and all the other parties, has supported until now all the NATO decisions which consist an escalation of the antagonism with Russia and refer to a situation of war preparation. The government supported the decisions of the NATO Foreign Ministers Summit, offers Greek islands for the establishment of NATO bases, has legitimized NATO's presence in the Aegean under the pretext of confronting the refugee flows. While, at the same time, it conceals (the fact) that the de facto partition of Cyprus is promoted through a new "Annan Plan".

The Euro-atlantic orientation of the SYRIZA-ANEL government is camouflaged under the slogan of the "multidimensional foreign policy" as well as from the fact that the government tries to play the role of the mediator between rival imperialist centers (US-EU-Russia), thus serving the aim of the Greek capital to upgrade its position in the region.

From these developments, only new dangers can arise for the Greek people and the sovereign rights of the country. For that reason, the people must be in militant readiness and vigilance. (The people) have now a rich experience, in order not to believe that the participation of Greece in the imperialist organisations and plans supposedly consists a factor of stability and peace. At a time when these organisations are responsible for the wars, the refugee flows, the support to the murderers of the "Islamic State", the redrawing of borders as well as for the fostering of the Turkish provocation and aggression.

The position which actually says that all the above are justified if there is a U.S intervention of the debt relief issue, which will pave the way for the economy's recovery, is an unacceptable and dangerous position which must be rejected by the Greek people.

This position hides that the debt issue is also connected directly with the antagonisms between powerful capitalist centers (mainly USA-Germany) which refer to the situation in the Eurozone, on the basis of the difficulties that capitalist recovery encounters. A rivalry which, of course, does not contest at all the antipeople measures, the restructures which are promoted against the people.

The visit of Obama, during the anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising against the military dictatorship imposed with the support of the U.S. and NATO, consists a provocation for the people and the youth. As an opposition, years ago, SYRIZA was deleting the "U.S-led" characterization before the word "Junta", while now, as a government it thanks the U.S. for their intervention on the debt issue and the negotiation for the 3rd memorandum.

The most outrageous issue is that the SYRIZA-ANEL government, under the mantle of the "left" tries to acquit and legitimize the U.S. policy, being lascivious against the historical memory and collective conciousness of the Greek people.

Now, more than ever,  a labour-popular mobilization and international solidarity is needed against the imperialist plans and the intervention of Greece, against the system which creates crises, wars, poverty and refugees:

- For the closure of all NATO bases in Greece.

- To get NATO out of the Aegean.

- For the return of the Greek military forces from NATO and EU missions.

- For the disengagement of Greece from NATO and EU, from all  the imperialist organisations.

- Solidarity to the victims of the wars, in order to create humane spaces for temporary accommodation and secure move to the destination countries.

- To abolish all antilabour-antipeople laws of the memorandums, to recover the large economic losses of the popular strata, to pave the way for the development in favor of the people, with unilateral debt deletion, socialization of the wealth produced by the people, with the working class, the people in power.

People must not shed their blood for the interests and the antagonisms of the imperialists".

* (EEDYE: Greek Committee for International Peace and Detente).