Open letter to Alexis Tsipras, Chairman of SYRIZA

Originally posted at 12/06/2012

“Go forward, we will follow you”


Dear comrade,

We would like to congratulate Syriza on its remarkable gains at the latest parliamentary elections and its refusal of the inhuman economic policy of the troika (EU-ECB-IMF).
Especially the refusal of the cuts, which throw Greece back into barbarism, the demand for the cancellation of the corresponding multilateral contracts and the announcement to stop the payment of the public debt deserves the full political support of all activists of the European labour and youth movement.

Greece is only the tip of the iceberg of an All-european development which is characterized by a process of passing on the costs of the crises on the shoulders of the working class.
Finance Derivatives, credit-financed real estate speculation and the increased exploitation of the working class have been the most important sources of profit for the bourgeois in the latest boom. This shows that the bourgeoisie is not able to play any progressive role in a historic sense, i.e. it cannot extend and modernize the production and it does not further the cultural development of society.
What we can see since 2007 is an attempt to pass the costs of the crisis on to the working class, which consists of the attempt to transform assets, which have been made worthless in the course of the crisis, into real assets through pumping tax payers money into the economy. This has lead to an explosion of public debt, which now they try to reduce by cuts in the welfare state, the education and health system, privatization, attacks on trade union rights and cuts of the labour costs. In an euphemistic way this process is called “rescue package”. However, the only thing, which is rescued, is the property and the return of the capital owners. Therefore the living standard of the working people and the youth in Europe is sacrificed, this is a declaration of war against the working class.

The Greek bourgeoisie has conducted in a very parasitic way and is now supporting this program of the European capitalists and the troika. It is the task of the Greek labour movement to answer this.

We, who are part of the labour movement in the countries of the core of the Euro zone, assess the following:

– we disapprove the “rescue packages” of the troika;
– we disapprove energetically the mechanisms which have been created for this purpose (ESM, ESFM, EU fiscal compact);
– we support the cancellation of the payment agreements the Greek government has negotiated with the troika;
– we wish to see an election victory of SYRIZA and the formation of a government of the Left in Athens, which bases itself on the mobilized labour movement and popular assemblies in the workplaces, the neighbourhoods and the universities;
– we consider it legitimate if a government of the Left repudiates the payment of the public debt (except for small savers in cases of proven need).

A government of the Left acting on this program will have to face the expulsion of Greece from the Euro zone and other forms of imperialist sabotage. However, this does not mean the end of the world. A government of the Left could privatize the debt, nationalize the banks and the central levers of the economy under workers control and stop capital flight. She can reorganize the economy according the needs of the working class in a democratic way. She can integrate the nationalized banks to one central bank which provides credit to industrial and infrastructure companies which then start to produce in the interest of the population and not to maximize profits. This can be the cornerstone of a democratically planned economy.

A government of the Left is at the same time the best instrument to break the isolation of Greece. As you said: “The war we are fighting in Europe is not between people or nations, it is between the forces of work and the invisible forces of finance and banks.” Appeal to the European workers and youth to fight against the economic sabotage of Greece by “our” banks and governments. Go forward, we will follow you.

SYRIZA to power, for a government of the Left on a socialist program!
For the United Socialist States of Europe!
Long lives international solidarity!

Signed by:

Brunner Benedikt (Landesvorsitzender der SJ Vorarlberg)

Gutlederer Martin (Vorsitzender SJ Krummnußbaum/NÖ und Geschäftsführender Gemeinderat der SPÖ in Krummnußbaum)

Keller Florian (Mitglied des Bundesvorstandes GPA-djp Studierende)

Lichtenhahn Joachim (Mitglied des Vorstandes der Arbeiterunion Winterthur / Schweiz)

Mischitz Verena (Landesvorsitzende der GPA-djp-Jugend Kärnten)

Öfinger Hans-Gerd (DIE LINKE Wiesbaden)

Peiner Michael (ehemaliger Bezirksvorsitzende der SJ Bruck an der Mur/Steiermark)

Proksch Stefan (designierter Vorsitzender der SJ Römerberg/Linz und Mitglied des Landesvorstandes der SJ Oberösterreich)

Reichetseder Manuel (Stv. Vorsitzender der SJ Alsergrund/Wien)

Steiner Helene (Vorsitzende der SJ Alsergrund/Wien)

Tomaselli Emanuel (Funke-Redakteur)

Trausmuth Gernot (Bildungsfunktionär der Sektion 3 der SPÖ Landstraße/Wien, Funke-Redakteur)

Weber Gawan (Stv. Vorsitzender der SJ Donaustadt/Wien, marxist*in)

Bastian Cizek (Vorsitzender der SPÖ Feldkirch)

Tony Kofoet (Weener – Linkes Forum Ostfriesland)

Wilfried Hanser

Christian Hofmann (SJ 4)

Axel Magnus (BRV SDW, aktiv in der FSG3)

Christoph Mürdter (DIE LINKE Wiesbaden)


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