Wednesday, May 17, 2017

D. Koutsoumbas: "The austerity memorandums must be thrown in the trashbin of history"

"Popular uprising everywhere. The memorandums of austerity must be thrown in the trashbin of history" said among other things the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumbas who attended the large strike demonstration in Athens on May 17. Talking to journalists, Secretary Koutsoumbas made the following statement:

"Actually, class war is now in progress, it is a marathon, not a rifle shot in the air. Class war must be a daily and lasting one. The harsh antipeople measures, the 4th memorandum along with the previous memorandums (of austerity) must be thrown in the trashbin of History and for that the only responsible are the Greek people, the labor-popular movement. 

For that reason, our call is: Popular uprising everywhere, not a day or hour must be gone; the struggle doesn't end today or tomorrow but continues. 

The KKE, the class forces, the militant movement, PAME, the Social Alliace will be present, every day, everywhere, in the streets and in the Parliament, in industries, in the cities and the villages. This is a lasting struggle, (which) must lead to the overthrow of this rotten and corrupt system, of its government, for disengagement from the EU, with a social and economic plan which will have in its epicenter the working man, the ever-expanding needs of our people".

Within the framework of the 24h General Strike numerous demonstrations, organised by PAME, took place in Greece's large cities. In Athens, thousands of people- workers, unemployed, self-employed, pensioners, students- gathered at Kotzia Square and marched in the city center. A respective militant demonstration took place in Thessaloniki.

New PAME-organised protests against the new austerity memorandum will be held on Thursday evening in the country's major cities.

Info: / Translation: In Defense of Communism.

Demonstration in Athens, May 17, 2017.
Demonstration in Thessaloniki, May 17, 2017.