The conservative New Democracy party will lead a new government in Greece after two stunning elections in which it barely defeated the Coalition of the Radical Left, or SYRIZA, a coalition of left-wing parties and organizations committed to tearing up the “Memorandum”—the former government’s commitment to drastic austerity measures that have plunged Greece into a depression and slashed working-class living standards.
SYRIZA skyrocketed from minor party status to win 16.7 percent of the vote in the May 6 election, and 26.9 percent on June 17—outpacing other left options, including the Communist Party and the smaller anti-capitalist coalition ANTARSYA. Frighteningly, the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn also did well in the polarized vote, and will have 18 seats in the new parliament.
, a revolutionary socialist organization and one of the founding groups in SYRIZA in 2004, issued this statement about the results on June 17, and what comes next for the left in Greece. It follows:
1. The results of the election on June 17 were a continuation of the political earthquake of May 6, which radically altered the balance of political forces.
The showing for the left, expressed in the decisive support for SYRIZA among the working class and the popular classes—created panic among the local ruling class, and also among its international allies. At the same time, it created a wave of hope, excitement and solidarity for the resistance movement and the left, both at the European level and globally.
This achievement of the working class of May 6 and June 17 must be defended, and it must be completed.
2. The results of this election prove that the goal of overthrowing the pro-austerity forces and electing a left-wing government that would take on the task of stopping the attacks of the capitalists, the EU and the IMF in order to protect the interests of the working class was possible. SYRIZA, by throwing all its forces in the pursuit of that goal, in a determined way and with an honest attitude based on unity, succeeded in winning massive growth on a level that is unprecedented in all the years since the military junta that fell four decades ago.
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United, we can win! We can succeed in bringing a radical change in Greece, and we can fuel the fire that is simmering in Europe.