URGENT: GREEK WORKERS: A VOTE FOR SYRIZA IS A VOTE FOR THE CONTINUATION OF DECREPIT CAPITALIST CLASS RULE IN GREECE! THE Independent Workers party of Chicago calls upon all of our working-class brothers and sisters in Greece to withhold their vote – do not vote for the class-collaborationist SYRIZA coalition!
Well, the leader of the SYRIZA coalition in Greece isn’t hiding his class-collaborationist light under a barrel. In a letter to one of the world’s most prominent pro-capitalist business newspapers, the Financial Times of London, Alex Tsipras announced to the world’s bourgeoisie that he intends to be a loyal member of “Team Capitalism”, stating baldly:
“Lest there be any doubt, my movement – Syriza – is committed to keeping Greece in the eurozone.”
This fulsome expression of loyalty to the defense of the decrepit capitalist system in Greece shows clearly that voting for SYRIZA is a trap for Greek workers. The Independent Workers Party says: NO VOTE FOR SYRIZA! Capitalism must be overthrown by the Greek working class and replaced by a workers government. That is the only way out of the blind alley Greece finds itself in right now.
In the United States, the Trotskyist Spartacist League, US section of the International Communist League has called upon Greek workers to vote for the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), since they are the only revolutionary party in Greece that opposes the Eurozone and everything it stands for. However, the treacherous opportunism of the Stalinist KKE gives us in the IWP reason to oppose this call by the ICL for support to the Communist Party of Greece. The KKE has betrayed the working class of Greece far too many times to be trusted in such an important time as this – a pre-revolutionary situation exists in Greece. This is not the time to seek short-cuts to power; this is the time for real Leninist-Trotskyists to stand up and make a bold, principled stand upon a revolutionary program to lead the working class to power! This is a time when a revolutionary party, no matter how small, can, by taking a principled stand on behalf of the working class, win thousands of disaffected workers to its banner! We call on the Trotskyist ICL and their Greek section to present their own slate of candidates as a pole of working class opposition to the pro-capitalist program of SYRIZA and its coalition member parties as well as the KKE’s decades of betrayal of the Greek working class.
Most importantly to us, the KKE’s incredible inability to understand that the police are the enemies of the working class – described so well in the ICL’s own press! – is proof enough that the KKE must not be held up to the working class as some kind of revolutionary Leninist party!
Also, the KKE’s treacherous policy in regard to the fascists of “Golden Dawn” poses a real and present danger to the Greek working class. The KKE’s repulsive attempt to make nice with the members of “Golden Dawn” – as if they were merely exhibiting political backwardness – shows that the KKE is far from possessing a revolutionary party leadership in the mold of the Bolsheviki! Trotsky’s formula for dealing with the fascists: “Acquaint their heads with the pavement!” is the watchword of the hour in Greece. The IWPCHI calls on the Greek working class to immediately form “Workers Militias” to defend immigrant workers from attacks by the “Golden Dawn” fascists, as well as for these workers militias to go on the offensive at the earliest opportunity to crush the fascist threat “in the egg”! There is no time to lose in this regard; the KKE is marching in the other direction!
Read Tsipras’ Financial Times essay here (Synaspismos English-language website):
(to be continued)