The people of Greece have thrashed the pro-austerity parties
Irish people can vote against the treaty in the knowing that their opposition is shared by millions of working people and unemployed across Europe
Last Sunday’s Greek general election saw the annihilation of the two major establishment parties, New Democracy and PASOK that have dominated the Greek political scene for more than 3 decades. The radical left coalition, Syriza achieved an historic second position increasing its vote fourfold on the last general election in 2009.
Paul Murphy MEP commented: ‘The way that the Greek voters have punished all parties that keep insisting on the necessity of austerity and follow policies favouring bankers and speculators nationally and internationally was an act of great resistance. With countless general strikes, protests, workplace occupations and sit ins, the Greek people when asked to vote could not but pay back those responsible for the suffering forced upon them.
“Over the last week we have seen a rejection by tens of millions of Europeans of a Europe built in the interests of the bankers and speculators. This capitalist Europe has delivered mass unemployment of 25 million people and attacks on living standards. Irish people have a unique opportunity to reject austerity and fight for radically different policies and a fundamentally different socialist Europe, where the millions come before the millionaires.”
Richard Boyd Barrett TD commented: “A clear majority of French and Greek people voted for parties that oppose growth-stifling austerity measures and despite this rejection of the establishment the world has fallen apart as some would like us to believe”.
‘The rise of the left forces is a clear indication that people have come to realise that austerity doesn’t work no matter how much you try to rationalise or sugar-coat it. With over 22% unemployment (over 50% among young people, under 25), Greece is the clearest example, more cuts will never help revive any economy’
‘The devastating effects of austerity are becoming more evident all over Europe, on the 31st of May all eyes will be turned towards the Irish people; it is our chance to resist and stand up against the further devastation of our country, follow the example of the Greeks who have had enough and despite the unsubstantiated threats of the technocrat establishment were not afraid to show it’