The brutal killing of a young 15-year old school student in Athens over the weekend at the hands of a police officer has suddenly radicalised the whole of Greek society, bringing to the surface all the tensions that were brewing below the surface.
On Tuesday, October 21, Greece was once more rocked by a general strike, the ninth since the present ND government has been in office. There were also many students on the rallies, as a wave of school occupations spreads across Greece.
The Editorial board of the Marxist journal, Marxistiki Foni,
has just published a Greek language edition of Lenin and Trotsky - What they
really stood for. It is dedicated to the memory of the founder of the
International Marxist Tendency (IMT), Ted Grant. The book is now available to
was shaken by a massive general strike, the third in three months. An extremely
militant mood is developing among the Greek workers. This is also being
reflected in a sharp swing to the left in all recent polls. In particular, the
Synaspismos, which stands to the left of the PASOK, is making big gains.
Yesterday a powerful
general strike shook Greece.
There was a massive turnout and the whole of Greece was brought to a standstill.
The New Democracy government is attempting to introduce severe cuts in the
pension system. All they have achieved is a massive radicalisation of society.
Both major parties
suffered electoral setbacks in the recent elections. The government party, the
ND, and the opposition PASOK lost out while the two major left forces, the
Communist Party and the SYRIZA gained significantly, underlining the sharp
swing to the left that is taking place in Greek society.