This is the second half of our analysis of the 7 July Greek elections, which saw the right-wing New Democracy party come to power, following four years of betrayal and austerity under the SYRIZA government. Click here for part one.
The results of the Greek general elections of 7 July highlighted two dominant elements: major class polarisation, and consolidation of the phenomenon of widespread voter abstention. The expression of class polarisation (despite acquiring a distorted character due to the SYRIZA leadership’s complete political submission to capitalism) was evident in the large increase of the votes for N.D. (New Democracy) and SYRIZA compared to the European elections of 26 May. The European elections were just 42 days ago, and saw the same level of participation by the electoral body.
An announcement from the Communist Tendency (Greek section of the IMT) on the 7th July elections.
The only possible way to stop the advance of the ND is a mass class vote for KKE: A mandate to fight for power!
Alek Atevik, a member of the Central Committee of the Macedonian organization Levitsa (Left) and a leading figure in the Yugoslav section of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT), spoke to Epanastasi [‘Revolution’] about nationalist myths and the need for internationalist class solidarity.
Last Wednesday, Greece was shaken by a general strike. On Thursday, there were protests in all major cities against a new round of austerity measures. Unlike previous general strikes, which are regularly called as a formality and fail to mobilise significant sectors of the working class, this time important services were affected and various ports, hospitals, and airports were paralysed.
The impasse of Greek capitalism, the lessons of SYRIZA and perspectives for the socialist revolution.