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DECLARATION FROM THE COMMUNIST TENDENCY OF SYRIZA - 26 JANUARY 2015
Grave mistake on the part of SYRIZA to cooperate with ANEL! Do not waste this historic opportunity! There must be a coalition between SYRIZA - KKE!
Yesterday's electoral victory of SYRIZA, the modest strengthening of the KKE and the consequent defeat of the bourgeois parties, constitute a historic opportunity, but also a clear political mandate from the working class and the poor social layers towards SYRIZA to form a self-standing Left government.
Following decades of persecution, and political marginalisation, the Greek communist movement is able to govern with an cumulative voting power of 42% and with a comfortable majority of 164 seats in the Greek parliament! But unfortunately, the leaders of the Left with the leadership of the Communist Party (KKE) being primarily responsible, and with the relative willingness of the leadership of SYRIZA to form alliances with bourgeois parties, they through this historic opportunity for a self-standing Left government out of the window, and thus, objectively and irrespective of their intentions, they betray the clear mandate they received from the Greek people for deep political and social change.
The looming collaboration of SYRIZA with ANEL is a serious political faux pas and will prove in practice to be tragically detrimental for the working class. ANEL is a bourgeois party. They have a deeply reactionary, anti-labour political programme on all key matters, such as the economy, government, education, foreign policy, etc. The 'anti-memorandum' rhetoric is a demagogic veil over its reactionary programme. How 'anti-memorandum' this bourgeois party is was reveiled during its voting behaviour in parliament regarding memoranda legislation and when the system came to a standstill during the recent presidential election. The parliamentary group of ANEL, brimming with bourgeois arivistas and careerists, streamed decisively towards the government camp.
The impact of a coalition with ANEL will be politically painful given their various "red lines" with regard to any programmatic position of SYRIZA directed against the fundamental interests of the Greek ruling class. ANEL will serve as the open agent of capital in a government whose main trunk is SYRIZA. On the very first application of real pressure by the 'troika' (ECB, EU Commission, and the IMF) and by the Greek capitalists, the new government will be forced to retreat from whatever radical measures it wishes to implement, the bourgeois mob of ANEL will scatter and try to institute some 'national unity' government (with the bourgeois parties), as has been the consistent call of ANEL leader, Panos Kammenos, during the pre-election campaining period.
If indeed there is a change in New Democracy's leadership with a "Karamanlis' type of personality, a number of MPs and members of ANEL will begin to return back to their natural alma mater (i.e., New Democracy), the traditional party of capital in the country. The leadership of SYRIZA should realise all these risks and instead of ANEL, it should now make aggressive unity advances towards the KKE, seeking a programmatic agreement on the formation of a stable and comfortable Left parliamentary majority coalition. It urgently needs to do what it should have done already in order to supplement the "programme of Thessaloniki" anti-capitalist and socialist measures, such as those found in KKE's programme. Now there are no excuses as to there being no shared "strategic goal" between the two parties which seems to be the argument on the part of the KKE. Now with 164 MPs it would be possible to pass parliament measures to undo the Memoranda and to erode capitalism, such as the socialisation of the main levers of the economy and the uprooting of the corrupt and authoritarian bourgeois state apparatus.
Simultaneously the cumulative strength of the Left of 42%, which in cities exceeds even 50% can mobilise with enthusiasm the people to guarantee the implementation of a genuine socialist programme.
For its part, the KKE leadership must urgently adopt a genuine Leninist stance on the issue of forming a government, capable of connecting communism to the masses rather than marginalise it. This tactic is to appeal to the leadership of SYRIZA to complement pro-labour commitments with key anti-capitalist - socialist measures. On the basis of these terms the KKE should declare that it is willing to tolerate a SYRIZA government, thus holding the SYRIZA leadership accountable for its policies and by revealing the existence of whatever tendency in SYRIZA fabours class compromise and collaboration that sadly exists in its core. With the KKE's advance refusal of any cooperation with SYRIZA, however, the KKE leadership provides ample political excuse to the SYRIZA leadership to escalate its right turn. Not only does the KKE fail to expose in the eyes of the working class these realities, but it confuses a large part of it, causing it to believe that cooperation with ANEL is therefore the only way forward given the KKE's intransigence, and this would be catastrophic for the working class. It is no coincidence that all political and ideological representatives of the ruling class, from last night express their evident relief at the stubborn refusal of the KKE leadership for all cooperation with SYRIZA.
If the SYRIZA leadership finally adopted the call for a radical - socialist cooperation with the KKE, and the KKE leadership continues to refuse to declare that it would support or tolerate a SYRIZA government, then SYRIZA should call for new elections so that it achieves a self-standing independent government without the need to cooperate with any other party. New elections are risky and irregular for bourgeois parties, not for the people, given that it is almost certain that this would lead to an entirely independent self-standing SYRIZA govenment. It is better to give another electoral battle to have our hands untied to implement our radical programme than to tie our hands by collaborating with a bourgeois servant of the industrialists as is Panos Kammenos and his party, ANEL!
The Communist Tendency of SYRIZA implores the SYRIZA leadership not to proceed with any cooperation with ANEL - we make a last appeal to the SYRIZA leadership, but also to the KKE leadership to take stock of the magnitude of their historical responsibilities and to establish now a robust socialist coalition government. The forces of "Left Platform", the main Left tendency in SYRIZA, must not accept any cooperation with ANEL, and must stand with the Communist Tendency of SYRIZA and the entire Left party base in defending the only correct class-based political choice which is to pursue a socialist coalition between SYRIZA and KKE ... See MoreSee Less
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