Statement of the Political Bureau of the CC of the KKE: To block and overthrow the policies which exterminate the people
Down with the government and the parties of the plutocracy
Radical overturning of the balance of forces in favour of the KKE
Working class-popular organization and alliance everywhere
There is a solution for the
people with workers’-people’s power and disengagement from the EU-cancellation
of the debt
The war against
the rights and life of the people, which the KKE had predicted and warned
of in a timely fashion, is fully underway and escalating. There is no
time to lose.
The KKE calls
the people in a militant and political alliance to block and overthrow
the policies which will lead them and their children to live for decades
in the most bleak misery with starvation wages, unemployment, insecurity,
without basic rights, in order to protect the profits and interests
of the business groups from their crisis and the state bankruptcy which
is necessary for them.
What is needed
now is popular emancipation, awakening and organization against our
common implacable enemies, the government of the plutocracy, its other
parties and its international allies, the EU and the IMF. People’s
organization, the struggle and the forms of struggle must correspond
to the ferocity of the all-sided and merciless offensive of capital.
In order for the
barbaric measures to be impeded, the moment of the overthrow and the
people’s victory to happen sooner, in every workplace, sector and
neighbourhood there must now be raised a strong labour-people’s movement
and a people’s front must be formed which will pose the following
issues here and now:
- An end to sacrifices for the crisis and the profitability of the plutocracy.
- Down with the government, down with the parties that sacrifice the people to save capital and the European Union.
- Modern labour-popular rights. The working class and people must own the wealth they produce, with popular power, withdrawal from the EU and the cancellation of the debt.
must be accepted now. It will be a trap, with whatever excuse and whatever
pretext the government attempts to carry it out. Its goal is to show
that the people support or tolerate its policies. No to the referendum,
elections must be held.
At this moment,
nothing should prevent the people’s awakening, the impetuous development
of the labour-people’s movement. This must determine the developments
and overthrow the government. At the same time, it must seriously damage
ND and other bourgeois parties of Karatzaferis and Bakogianni, which
agree with the goals and essence of the memorandum so that the people
are impoverished and capital remains untouched. And through the struggles
and elections their strength must be drastically reduced, their influence
amongst the people.
In the elections-for
the people to enjoy any benefits, to gain time and be strengthened-PASOK,
ND and the other parties which are eager to contribute to the creation
of various forms of coalition government to continue and complete the
anti-people crime must receive a big “haircut”. The bourgeois parties
must be damaged and weakened, so in whatever way they form a government,
it will be ineffectual at passing its policies. A basic pre-condition
is that the people’s rage and indignation be transformed into a force
of organized activity, a force for overthrow in alliance with the KKE.
The people have every reason and duty to trust and strengthen
the KKE which told the truth in a timely fashion, is experienced, capable
and tested, has no obligations to the monopolies, the system, the EU
and has demonstrated that it does not fear them.
The people must
draw useful conclusions, to use the experience from Greece and Europe,
to understand that it is in its interests for the bourgeois parties
to be weakened as well as the political system and for the KKE and the
organized popular movement to be strengthened. Thus, the people can
head off and foil the reactionary developments. To put a brake on the
extermination of its rights, authoritarianism and repression which is
always used by the bourgeois political system to block the people’s
intervention. To prevent the country’s involvement in imperialist
The popular demand
for elections must be combined with the militant people’s action for
disobedience, the refusal to pay the murderous taxes which must be generalised
and take on a universal character in Education, Health, Welfare, everywhere
where the government and state demand that the family from the popular
strata pay again and again for its rights.
alliance to impede the measures and counter-attack can be formed with
the participation and activity of the workers and the youth themselves
from below, sidelining the hostile and bankrupt political and trade
union leaderships, which foster either compromise and fatalism, or illusions
that the people can be saved without conflict and confrontation with
the business groups, their parties, the EU.
The working class
and popular strata must here and now extricate themselves from the bourgeois
reactionary ideological constructs, as well as with old and new illusions
fostered by the opportunist parties, which originate from the higher
intermediate strata, the sold-out labour aristocracy, that is to say
all those who can see that the monopolies cannot make the concessions
which they made in the past, to safeguard their alliance and their support
for the capitalist system. Capitalism is so outdated and reactionary
that it cannot tolerate the working class popular gains anymore, which
were won in previous decades. In spite of all the bourgeois and opportunist
parties the “EU one-way street”, the EU have been proven to be a
predatory alliance which serves the interests of the Greek plutocracy,
but is disastrous not only for the workers and self-employed,
but also for the middle strata, and the productive-development capabilities
of the country.
partial struggles are not enough today, they cannot make gains as in
the past, nor can they ensure a basic defence against the aggressiveness
of the monopolies and their power. No sector, no category of workers
can be saved on its own.
PASOK did not
change now, it sold its soul to capital long before it voted for the
Maastricht Treaty. PASOK and ND cannot change, they are rotten and reactionary,
as well as the system which they serve. The barbaric measures were in
the programme of both PASOK and ND, they voted for then in the EU before
the crisis, consequently it is a lie that the foreigners imposed these
things on them. The essence of the Troika, the memorandum, which is
the general reduction of the income of the working class and popular
strata, came about with the agreement of the Greek government and was
demanded by the Greek plutocracy. ND and the other parties, which pretend
to be in opposition, are seeking their faster and more effective implementation.
These measures are not temporary. They will bring even worse measures
in the face of the scheduled bankruptcy by the government and the EU.
It is a major
trap for the people to believe that a solution can be found in their
favour through various governments whatever they are called, be they
“ecumenical”, “centre-left”, “patriotic”, or “left-wing”.
Such governments which are proposed by various forces, such as SYN/SYRIZA,
will give no breathing space to the people, but to the system. Such
governments can be supported by sections of the plutocracy, because
they are in no danger from them, since they do not aim at overthrow
of the power and dominance of the monopolies. On the contrary, they
could prove useful to them, because they may prevent positive radical
processes in the people’s consciousness and lead to disillusionment.
The predictions of all the hues of opportunist forces in Greece and
the EU have been proved bankrupt or useful for bourgeois governance.
They find impossible to find and even harder to agree on the causes
of the crisis and beyond some common demands they cannot form an alternative
proposal for a way out and for power, because their political line starts
and ends with humanization of capitalism and the transformation of the
If a “common
front” is today created between the working class, the people and
sections of the Greek plutocracy, which seek other imperialist allies
to replace the current ones, it will not have a patriotic character,
but will simply constitute a change at the level of imperialist alliances
which will be equally hostile to the interests of the people.
what is right for the people. It means popular emancipation and alliance
against capital, domestic and foreign, disengagement from all the imperialist
organizations. Only the people’s power and economy can safeguard national
sovereignty, the protection of the country from the imperialist schemes,
in favour of the people’s interests.
The working class
and the other poor popular strata have not yet used their great strength.
They have not yet spoken their last word. If they raise their heads,
trust in their strength, the justness of their cause, they will understand
that they are an all-powerful force which produces the wealth and can
become a force of power, to create an utterly new organization of society
and production, where they will be the masters.
Athens 13 October
PB of the CC of the KKE