We repudiate the terrorist attacks of ISIS in Paris!

Statement by the International Workers’ Unity-Fourth International 

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On the night of 14 November there was a series of bombings in Paris, the capital of France. The victims number about 150 people. The terrorist attacks were carried out indiscriminately on the defenceless population, killing people in an artistic performance or in a football stadium. A reprehensible and unacceptable criminal action.

The socialists of the IWU-FI repudiate this terrorist action that pollutes and weakens the legitimate cause of the Arab peoples, especially of the Syrian or Palestinian people fighting against imperialism and its reactionary allies like Bashar al-Assad or the Zionist Benjamin Netanyahu. And because, once again, this will be used by French imperialism, by its government of social democrat Hollande, to strengthen the repression on its peoples and its youth.

The origin of this attack is the conflict in Syria and the repeated imperialist intervention of the so-called coalition against terrorism headed by the US and which France is part of, carrying out bombings of Syrian territory. In the same way as Russia and Iran do it.

The dictator Bashar al-Asaad came out to declare the French government is also responsible for what happened because it “endorses” terrorism against his “legitimate government”. This is false. Both Bashar as well as France and US imperialism have their share of responsibility for these attacks. Firstly, the government of Bashar al-Asaad is not “legitimate”, but a dictatorship which faces since 2011 a popular rebellion that was part of the “Arab Spring” began in Tunisia and Egypt. Since then he has been slaughtering his people with tanks, bombs and chemical weapons. With the open support of reactionary Putin it is indiscriminately bombing civilians opposing the dictator. Secondly, also France, England, Turkey and the US with their “coalition” bomb rebel areas, coordinating with Bashar and Russia, with the same argument to fight the “terrorism” of ISIS. That is, they all objectively hold Bashar or seek a negotiated solution with the dictator. As they have been discussing in Vienna and at the meeting of the G20 in Turkey.

In the war of Syria there are three fronts: 1) the one headed by the dictatorship al-Asaad, 2) the reactionary ISIS (Islamic State) and 3) the remains of the armed rebel people which had started the popular revolution of March 2011, which includes the Free Syrian Army (FSA) militia and various independent Kurdish brigades from Kobane and elsewhere. ISIS, which has claimed to be the author of the criminal attacks in France, is a splinter of Al Qaeda; it is an ultra-reactionary jihadist militia that was created in 2013 and funded in the beginning by oil and pro-Yankee monarchies Saudi Arabia, Qatar and by Turkey. It is suspected that Bashar let them run, even releasing many of its militants who were prisoners in his jails. They play the role of fifth column to defeat the popular revolt against Bashar with the project of creating a “caliphate”, i.e. a new dictatorship but of a theocratic type. Therefore their terrorist actions in France or elsewhere must be repudiated, because they are at the service of a reactionary cause and contribute to create even further confusion in the masses about who their real enemies are, i.e. imperialism, Russia and their agents such as Bashar and all the reactionary governments in North Africa and the Middle East, including, among them, Israel and also ISIS.

Now France, USA, Germany and the whole imperialism and its allies will want to present themselves as “victims” when in fact they are, historically, those most responsible for this debacle.

French imperialism has a long history of colonial violence in Africa. Now they are part of the coalition that systematically bombs Iraq and Syria. Along with Germany and the US, they support the warmongering policy of NATO. And they support the Zionist crimes against the Palestinian people. They are insensitive to the plight of hundreds of thousands of refugees coming to Europe to escape capitalist poverty and hunger and the wars they cause.

From the IWU-FI we repudiate, once again, these new terrorist attacks that taint the cause of peoples in struggle and objectively help imperialism to continue its policy of repression and bombings in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. Only the struggle of the peoples of the world will be able to end the imperialist aggressions and genocidal dictators like Bashar al-Assad.

We repudiate the attacks of the ISIS in France! Enough of Bashar al-Assad! No to ISIS! Stop the bombings by Russia, the US and France! Long live the struggle of the rebel Syrian people. Long live the Palestinian struggle! Full solidarity with the refugees!

International Workers Unity-Fourth International (IWU-FI)

November 14, 2015


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Greece: Another Failure of Neo-Reformism

By Miguel Sorans

Syriza is the expression of a new failure of the projects of the reformist left in the XXI century. Millions in Europe and Latin America break with the old parties and turn left seeking a fundamental change. This is what has been happening in Latin America in the last 15 years; with the PT governments of Lula and Dilma in Brazil and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela as the most prominent.

In Europe, as a result of the capitalist crisis and the cuts by the Troika, this turn has been expressed in demonstrations and electorally in Syriza, in Podemos, in the mayors of Madrid and Barcelona or in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Great Britain. We define as neo reformism these new and different political movements or formations. New because they come to occupy the place left by the fall of the apparatus of the bureaucracy of the former USSR and the communist parties. Also by the fall of the European social democracy due to the crisis that has been demolishing the PSOE, the French PS or PASOK in Greece, which were making it clear they are direct agents of imperialism and the EU. Throughout the last century the global apparatus of Stalinism stopped the revolutionary demonstrations and urged the governments of class conciliation, of unity with bourgeois sectors supposedly “democratic” and “progressive”.

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the hatred of the masses to the bureaucratic and reformist apparatus of the bureaucracies of the Communist Parties and Social Democrats resulted in millions to begin looking for alternatives. The absence of a strong revolutionary socialist pole has also facilitated the emergence of these “new left” variations which take on a centrist program, which do not claim socialism as the goal of this change and which reject the formation of parties for revolutionary action. They drive “broad” movements or parties, essentially directed to the electoral and parliamentary activity, with internal tendencies revolving around the central leadership, sometimes directly a oneman leadership, and not driving or being centred on the mobilisation and organisation of workers and youth as key factors to face the bosses’ governments and to achieve substantive changes.

Syriza: another failure

In the last two or three years Syriza was transformed in the dazzling “star” of the European and international left. What is its origin? It is a party that emerged from a coalition of several left Eurocommunist parties, former PASOK socialists, Maoists, Trotskyists and environmentalists, and which was first introduced to elections in 2004. Its main force was Synaspismos, of Eurocommunist origin, oriented by Tsipras and which was already a party in 1991. In July 2013 the coalition becomes a legal broad party, they designate a Central Committee and Tsipras is re-elected as president. In its statement of principles it is defined as “a party founded on Marxist thought”. And they adopt ambiguous points as that their objective is a society “based on social ownership and management”. And some not as ambiguous as that they will strive for the “nullification of the Memoranda of austerity” (note by Amelie Poinssot in Mediapart, 31 July, 2013).

In January 2015 they win the election by 36.6 percent when years earlier they did not reach 5 percent. They form a government of class collaboration, what we call a “popular front”, with the “shadow of the bourgeoisie”, in the words of Leon Trotsky. They formed government with the nationalist right Independent Greeks, giving them the important Ministry of Defence. And so they backslid in the way of the old reformist utopia of wanting to achieve a “positive” settlement for the hardships of the masses at the negotiating table with the major imperialist powers. False discourse to sell out and end up yielding. They discard the workers’ and popular mobilisation. In Greece there were about 30 general strikes. This was the deciding factor, even for Syriza to come to government. They quickly fell in direct betrayal, just six months after taking office.

Full article in International Correspondence issue N˚ 37•October 2015.



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Nuevos crímenes del sionismo: Solidaridad con el pueblo palestino!

A continuación publicamos una declaración de la Unidad Internacional de los Trabajadores-Cuarta Internacional (UIT- CI) en repudio a la violencia del régimen colonialista en Palestina y en solidaridad con el pueblo palestino.-SC

A 11 días del reinicio de los enfrentamientos diarios del sionismo contra los palestinos, hay decenas de muertos y casi dos mil heridos palestinos. Desde la UIT-CI llamamos a la urgente la solidaridad con el pueblo palestino que sigue resistiendo heroicamente.

Como siempre, en la reunión de la Asamblea General de la ONU el premier israelí Benjamín Netanyahu en su discurso del 1º de octubre se presentó como víctima. La mayor parte de su intervención la dedicó a criticar el acuerdo nuclear firmado entre Estados Unidos, otras potencias e Irán. Sin embargo, escondió que ese acuerdo le garantiza a su estado invasor seguir siendo el único poseedor de poderío militar nuclear en la región, protegido por el propio Obama. Y por supuesto culpó a la dirigencia palestina por no avanzar en “acuerdos de paz”, mientras fue él mismo quien en vísperas de las elecciones generales de marzo renegó explícitamente de los acuerdos que supuestamente deberían permitir la existencia de “dos estados”.

Por su parte Mahmud Abbas, presidente de la Autoridad Nacional Palestina había denunciado que nunca Israel cumplió ninguno de los ya casi olvidados “acuerdos de Oslo” firmados en 1993. Abbas pidió protección internacional para el pueblo palestino.

Sin duda, la agresión del invasor sionista contra los palestinos se ha venido agudizando, en particular en Cisjordania. Se incrementó la radicación de israelíes en tierras que supuestamente estarían reservados a los palestinos, se siguen levantando muros, y los colonos están cada vez más agresivos. El 31 de julio fue estremecedora la noticia de un grupo de colonos que incendiaron la vivienda de una familia palestina, dando lugar a la muerte de un bebé de 18 meses e hiriendo gravemente a los padres y hermanitos. Desde entonces se vienen incrementando los ataques y agresiones. Y se sumó el intento israelí de impedir la presencia de palestinos en la explanada de las Mezquitas en Jerusalem, en particular en la mezquita de Al Aqsa, uno de los principales lugares sagrados de los musulmanes.

El descontento entre los palestinos viene en aumento. Se han producido ataques individuales de palestinos contra israelíes, varios de ellos con simples cuchillos. Y las movilizaciones arrojando piedras. Netanyahu ha redoblado su apuesta represiva. Ha autorizado la utilización de armas de fuego contra los jóvenes que arrojan piedas, habla de “ataques terroristas” ante esas piedras o cuchillos, viene demoliendo las casas de familiares de palestinos exterminados por sus tropas. Jerusalem, Nablus, Ramalla y otras ciudades son escenarios de crecientes enfrentamientos. Algunos medios y comentaristas se preguntan si se están transitando los primeros pasos hacia una nueva “intifada”.

En las Naciones Unidas ahora también flamea una bandera palestina (para furia de los invasores). Pero ese llamado a la “protección internacional” que hizo Abbas en ese ámbito no pasará de las declaraciones, alguna denuncia y los llamados a “ambas partes”, sin distinguir entre las verdaderas víctimas, el pueblo palestino, y sus victimarios, el estado invasor.

Son los luchadores democráticos y los trabajadores y los jóvenes de todo el mundo quienes tienen que tomar en sus manos la protección al pueblo palestino. Artistas e intelectuales de numerosos países se vienen sumando al boicot. Impulsemos la ruptura de relaciones de los gobiernos con Israel y la solidaridad con la lucha heroica con el pueblo palestino.


12 de octubre de 2015



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The European governments and the Syrian dictatorship of al-Assad are responsible for the deaths of thousands of refugees, like the child Aylan Kurdi

We publish here a statement on the European migrant crisis by the International Workers Unity-Fourth International (IWU-FI)-SCimagesThe whole world was shocked with a picture of a Syrian boy named Aylan Kurdi, only 3 years; the child died next to his brother and his mother; the only survivor of the family was his father. They came from the city of Kobane and were fleeing the atrocities of the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, of the NATO bombings and the reactionary ISIS, which emerged as another force in Syria to destroy the struggle of the Syrian and Kurdish people.

The family was trying to get to Canada, where they had relatives. They had tried several times to get asylum in that country, which was denied. The same is true with the imperialist governments in Europe. What happened to toddler Aylan is part of the daily drama of thousands of immigrants and refugees who die or risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean.

The European governments build walls, fences and “shield” their borders with police, military, patrol boats, expulsions and immigration laws. While they let run, in fact, the dictatorship of al-Assad which is one of the reasons why thousands of Syrians flee their massive bombings and chemical attacks. The cynicism of the governments of the European Union (EU), of Merkel or Hollande, has no limits. They remember the war when the consequences reach them in Europe. These NATO governments which close their borders today are the same that directly or indirectly support the dictator Bashar al-Assad and his massacres, now totalling 300,000 victims. The refugees come from Syria and, to a lesser extent, Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea and other African countries. They are about thousands and thousands of young people, workers, and families fleeing violence, persecution or poverty imposed by the economic and social crisis of the capitalist-imperialist system.

For the EU it is only about building walls, of addressing immigration as a problem of public interest. Each wall that arises in Europe opens a new business for the mafias that profit from despair. Its “market” is inexhaustible. The best way to fight against traffickers is to open the door to the legal entry of refugees and to end with the Schengen Agreement and immigration laws, it is to put an end to the pillaging, it is to stop endorsing and arming the tyrants.

The peoples of Europe, in contrast to their governments, are giving a show of solidarity with the refugees. The population of Iceland offers asylum in their homes to refugees; the Serbs in Belgrade give open solidarity; or the mobilisation of 30,000 people in Vienna (Austria) expressing their solidarity and willingness to open the borders to immigrants. It is urgent to open all borders in Europe allowing and facilitating the free movement of thousands of refugees, granting asylum, housing and work to each. They should be assisted to escape from their countries of origin and that they do not die in the attempt. This requirement extends to the world’s governments, to cease immediately their support for dictatorships like the one of Syria and of imperialist interventions and the reactionary ISIS. For all this, we must denounce the rulers of Europe and the United States who keep sentencing to death thousands of refugees, and instead we call to give support to the refugees and the struggle of the Syrian people. We call for the mobilisation of the people, of the workers and youth of the world; we call the workers’ organisations and of solidarity with refugees, to confront the immigration policies of governments and against the regime of al-Assad and ISIS, in solidarity with the Syrian people.

International Workers Unity –Fourth International (IWU-FI)
3 September 2015




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Los gobiernos europeos y la dictadura siria de Al Assad, son responsables de las muertes de miles de refugiados, como el niño Aylan Kurdi

El mundo entero quedó consternado con la foto del niño sirio llamado Aylan Kurdi, de tan solo 3 años, el pequeño murió al lado de su hermano y de su madre, el único superviviente de la familia fue su padre. Ellos venían de la ciudad de Kobane y huían de las atrocidades del régimen de Bashar  Al Assad  de Siria, de los bombardeos de la OTAN y del reaccionario ISIS, que surgió como otra fuerza en Siria para destruir la lucha del pueblo sirio y kurdo.

La familia estaba intentando llegar a Canadá, donde tenían familiares. Habían intentado varias veces el asilo en este país, lo que le fue negado. Lo mismo ocurre con los gobiernos imperialistas de Europa. Lo ocurrido con el niño Aylan es parte del drama cotidiano de miles de inmigrantes y refugiados que mueren o arriesgan sus vidas  cruzando el Mediterráneo.

Los gobiernos europeos  levantan muros, vallas y “blindan” sus fronteras con policías, militares, patrulleras, expulsiones y leyes de extranjería. Mientras dejan correr, de hecho, a la dictadura de Al Assad que es una de las causas de que miles de sirios escapen de sus bombardeos masivos y ataques químicos. El cinismo de los gobiernos de la Unión Europea(UE), de Merkel u Hollande, no tiene límites. Se acuerdan de la guerra cuando las consecuencias les llega a Europa. Son los mismos gobiernos de la OTAN que hoy cierran sus fronteras los que apoyan directa o indirectamente al dictador Bashar Al Assad y sus masacres que ya suman 300.000 víctimas. Los refugiados  provienen de Siria y, en menor medida, de Afganistán, Irak, Eritrea y otros países africanos. Se tratan de miles y miles de  jóvenes, trabajadores, familias que huyen de la violencia, la persecución o la miseria que le imponen la crisis económica y social del sistema capitalista-imperialista.

Para la UE sólo se trata de levantar muros, de abordar la inmigración como un problema de orden público. Cada muro que se levanta en Europa abre un nuevo negocio para las mafias, que se lucran de la desesperación. Su “mercado” es inagotable. La mejor manera de luchar contra los traficantes es abrir las puertas a la entrada legal de los refugiados y acabar con el tratado de Schengen y las leyes de extranjería, es poner fin al expolio, es dejar de avalar y armar a los tiranos.

Los pueblos europeos, a diferencia de sus gobiernos, están dando una demostración de solidaridad con los refugiados. La población de Islandia ofrece asilo en sus casas a los refugiados, el pueblo serbio da solidaridad abierta en Belgrado o la movilización de 30 mil personas en Viena (Austria) expresando su  solidaridad y disposición a que se abran las fronteras a los inmigrantes. Es urgente abrir todas las fronteras de Europa permitiendo y facilitando la libre circulación de los miles de refugiados, otorgando asilo, vivienda y trabajo a cada uno. Se les debe prestar asistencia para escapar de sus países de origen y que no mueran en el intento. Esta exigencia es extensiva a los gobiernos del mundo, cesando inmediatamente el apoyo a las dictaduras como la de Siria y las intervenciones imperialistas y del reaccionario ISIS. Por todo esto debemos denunciar a los gobernantes de Europa  y de Estados Unidos que vienen condenando a muerte a miles y miles de refugiados y dar apoyo  a los refugiados y a la lucha del pueblo sirio. Llamamos a la movilización de los pueblos, de los trabajadores y la juventud del mundo, a las organizaciones de trabajadores y solidaria con los refugiados, a enfrentar las políticas de extranjería de los gobiernos y contra el régimen de Al Assad y el ISIS, en solidaridad con el pueblo sirio

UIT-CI (Unidad Internacional de Trabajadores-Cuarta Internacional)

 3 de setiembre de 2015


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Tsipras’s resignation is a manoeuvre to strengthen the pact with the Troika

Statement by the IWU-FI

For a unitary block of the left and the workers to defeat the new memorandum

On August 20 Alexis Tsipras resigned as Prime Minister of Greece, to force a call to new elections in mid-September. It is a manoeuvre that seeks to overcome the political crisis caused within Syriza by their capitulation to the Troika (IMF, European Union— UE— and the European Central Bank—ECB).

On July 5 the Greek people had said NO to a new memorandum with the troika in the referendum called by Tsipras. A few days after that vote the same Tsipras and his government ignored that outcome. They said YES to the Troika and agreed to a new memorandum which means a worse adjustment than the previous ones. A betrayal in record time.

The deal triggered a serious crisis in Syriza. There was a majority vote of the Central Committee against the agreement, and this led to about 40 Members of Parliament (MPs) of Syriza’s left wing rejecting it in parliament. This forced Tsipras to negotiate with the MPs of the conservative bosses parties like New Democracy and others to achieve a parliamentary majority. On July 15 the Confederation of Public Employees and Teachers (ADEDY) called for a general strike and a march with support from sectors of the left who reject the pact and the government policy. The start of the European summer and the initial surprise of the masses prevented, incidentally, the protest from becoming massive. But the end of summer and the first effects of the adjustment will make the protests grow after September. Therefore, Tsipras comes forward and makes this electoral manoeuvre seeking to unify Syriza and his government. He aims to have parliamentary majority, getting rid of the left wing of his party, and reassert himself before the workers’ and people’s protests grow.

The new memorandum is a brutal adjustment against the people

The new agreement by Tsipras, called the “third bailout”, is an adjustment worse than the previous ones against the working people. With the myth that “there was no other way out” and that it will be “an adjustment socially balanced”, Tsipras and his government have agreed to an adjustment with a new reduction of pensions (retirement), liberalisation of labour laws and further privatisations so brazen that the memorandum directly states that 14 airports related to tourism will be purchased by the German company Fraport.

Never before has been put in evidence the complete failure of the political projects of the centre-left, which assures that agreeing with bourgeois sectors and negotiating with the IMF and imperialism there will be a solution to the social crisis caused by the capitalist system and its adjustments. They repeat the failure already existing in Latin America with bosses’ governments, of class conciliation, as in Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil, with “left” discourses which end up agreeing with the multinationals, big business and ruling against the people. The Syriza government repeats this path, in an accelerated way, agreeing with all Greek bosses’ parties and the Troika. After six months it resigns to try to stay in power.

Such is the covenant and the manoeuvre of his resignation, that most of the spokespersons of imperialism and banking support the play of the new elections for Tsipras to revalidate his titles. Given the growing discredit of the old parties and Greek bosses’ leaders, the Troika bets for Tsipras and Syriza to continue the adjustment and the looting in Greece. The chairman of Eurogroup, Dutchman Jeroen Dijsselbloem said, for example, that he hopes “the elections lead to an even greater support for the bailout in the Greek Parliament”. Thomas Wieser, the German who leads the directors of the European treasuries noted: “it was an expected stage and for many it was a desired stage for a clearer structure in the Greek government” (Clarin, Argentina, 21 August). More clear impossible.

For the break with the EU, the Troika and the non-payment. NO to the memorandum. For a block of struggle of all the left and the workers.

A new moment opens in Greece for the workers, the youth and the left. Tsipras approved the memorandum in agreement with the right. It is likely that Syriza will even win the elections because of the existing confusion and the blackmail that “it is worse if the governments of the right get back”. The new memorandum agreed by Tsipras and the Troika needs to be beaten with the mobilisation of the workers, the youth and the people. To open that path it is needed to prepare a new political alternative to convene mobilisation. Unity is needed, a block of all the left and the unions which have said NO to the memorandum and adjustment.

The left of Syriza announced the break with its party and the formation of Popular Unity, composed of 24 former Syriza MPs and defined as a front to regroup the left “against the new memorandum, against austerity and against the guardianship of the country”. Among the proposals are the rejection of privatisation and nationalisation under control of strategic sectors of the economy, starting with the banking sector, as well as the exit from the Euro zone and NATO (imperialist military alliance) and the rupture of military pacts with Israel. Its call is for the elections but it also says it is “to mobilise all social forces that want to fight against austerity and memoranda”. This break is a progressive step. Beyond the political differences we may have with these currents or other currents claiming to be revolutionary socialist may have with them, it is necessary to call for this proclaimed unity to materialize.

What is urgently needed is a block or united front of the left, for the elections and for mobilisation. A unitary block that takes advantage of the elections to present a united position to regroup the left and the militant sectors of the trade union and popular movement to prepare for mobilisation. A block or front that regroups Popular Unity with left groups outside of Syriza, as Antarsya, OKDE and the trade union and popular sectors which were for the NO and reject this betrayal. To launch a national mobilisation plan and impose an emergency workers’ and people’s plan to break with this agreement, to suspend all debt payments, break with the EU and the Euro, nationalise the banks under workers’ control, among other measures, calling for international solidarity for these banners of rupture. In the struggle for a new government, a government of the workers and the people. The workers may open a new path in Greece, a path of sovereignty against imperialism and colonialism.

International Secretariat of the IWU-FI (International Workers Unity–Fourth International)
24 August, 2015


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La renuncia de Tsipras es una maniobra para fortalecer el pacto con la Troika

Declaración de la UIT-CI
Por un bloque unitario de la izquierda y los trabajadores  para derrotar al nuevo memorando
El 20 de agosto renunció Alexis Tsipras como primer ministro de Grecia, para obligar a convocar a nuevas elecciones a mediados de setiembre. Se trata de una maniobra que busca superar la crisis política que provocó en Syriza su capitulación a la Troika (FMI, Unión Europea –UE- y el Banco Central Europeo –BCE-).
El 5 de julio el pueblo griego había dicho NO a un nuevo memorando con la Troika en el referendo convocado por Tsipras. A los pocos días de esa votación el mismo Tsipras y su gobierno desconocieron ese resultado. Le dijeron SI a la Troika y acordaron un nuevo memorando que significa un ajuste peor que los anteriores. Una traición en tiempo record.
El acuerdo desencadenó una grave crisis en Syriza. Hubo una votación de la mayoría de su Comité Central contra el acuerdo, y esto llevó a que cerca de 40 diputados del ala izquierda de Syriza lo rechazaron en el parlamento. Esto hizo que Tsipras tuviera que pactar con los diputados de los partidos patronales conservadores como Nueva Democracia y otros para lograr la mayoría parlamentaria.  El 15 de julio la Confederación Sindical de los empleados públicos y maestros (Adedy) llamó a una huelga general y a una marcha con apoyo de sectores de la izquierda que rechazan el pacto y la política del gobierno. El inicio del verano europeo y la sorpresa inicial de las masas impidió que circunstancialmente, se masificara la protesta. Pero el fin del verano y los primeros efectos del ajuste harán que las protestan crezcan después de setiembre. Por eso Tsipras se adelanta y hace esta maniobra electoral buscando unificar a Syriza y a su gobierno. Pretende tener mayoría parlamentaria, sacándose de encima el ala izquierda de su partido, y reafirmarse antes de que crezcan las protestas obreras y populares.
 El nuevo memorando es un brutal ajuste contra el pueblo
El nuevo acuerdo de Tsipras, llamado el “tercer rescate”, es un ajuste peor que los anteriores contra el pueblo trabajador. Con el cuento de que “no había otra salida” y que será “un ajuste equilibrado socialmente”, Tsipras y su gobierno han pactado un ajuste con nueva rebaja de pensionados (jubilaciones), una liberalización de las leyes laborales y nuevas privatizaciones tan descaradas como que directamente el memorando establece que 14 aeropuertos relacionados con el turismo serán adquiridos por la empresa alemana Fraport. 
Nunca como ahora se ha puesto en evidencia el fracaso total  de los proyectos políticos de  la centroizquierda, que aseguran que pactando con sectores burgueses y negociando con el FMI y el imperialismo van a  dar salida a la crisis social que provoca el sistema capitalista y sus ajustes. Repiten el fracaso que ya se vive en Latinoamérica con gobiernos patronales, de conciliación de clases que, como en Venezuela, Bolivia o Brasil, con discursos de “izquierda” terminan pactando con las multinacionales, los grandes empresarios y gobiernan contra el pueblo. El gobierno de Syriza repite ese camino, en forma acelerada, pactando con todos los partidos patronales griegos y con la Troika. A los 6 meses renuncia para tratar de mantenerse en el poder.
Tal es el pacto y la maniobra de su renuncia, que la mayor parte de los voceros del imperialismo y la banca apoyan la jugada de las nuevas elecciones para que Tsipras revalide sus títulos. Ante el desprestigio creciente de los viejos partidos y dirigentes patronales griegos, la Troika apuesta a Syriza y Tsipras para seguir con el ajuste y el saqueo en Grecia. El presidente del Eurogrupo, el holandés Jeroen Dijsselbloem, dijo, por ejemplo, que espera que “las elecciones lleven a un apoyo aún mayor-al rescate- en el Parlamento griego”.Thomas Wieser, el alemán que dirige a los directores de los tesoros europeos señaló “era una etapa esperada y para muchos era una etapa deseada para tener una estructura más clara en el gobierno griego” (Clarín, Argentina, 21/8). Más claro imposible.
 Por la ruptura con la UE, la Troika y el no pago. NO al memorando. Por un bloque de lucha de toda la izquierda y los trabajadores.
Se abre un nuevo momento en Grecia para los trabajadores, la juventud y la izquierda. Tsipras aprobó el memorando en acuerdo con la derecha. Es probable que Syriza incluso pueda ganar las elecciones por la confusión existente y por el chantaje de “que peor es que vuelvan los gobiernos de derecha”. Se necesita derrotar con la movilización obrera, juvenil y popular el nuevo memorando pactado por Tsipras y la Troika. Para abrir ese camino se necesita preparar una nueva alternativa política que convoque a la movilización. Se necesita la unidad, un bloque de toda la izquierda y los sindicatos que se han dicho No al memorando y al ajuste.
La izquierda de Syriza anunció la ruptura con su partido y la formación de Unidad Popular, integrado por 24 diputados ex Syriza y que se define como un frente que reagrupará a la izquierda “contra el nuevo memorando, contra la austeridad y contra la tutela del país”. Y entre las propuestas están el rechazo de las privatizaciones y la nacionalización bajo control estratégico de sectores de la economía, empezando por el sector bancario, así como la salida de la zona euro y de la OTAN (alianza militar imperialista) y ruptura de pactos militares con Israel. Su convocatoria es electoral pero también dicen que es “para movilizar a todas las fuerzas sociales que quieran luchar contra la austeridad y los memorándums”. Esta ruptura es un paso progresivo.  Más allá de las diferencias políticas que podamos tener con estas corrientes o las que puedan tener otras corrientes que se reivindican socialistas revolucionarias, es necesario llamar a que esa unidad que se proclama se concrete.
Lo que se necesita con urgencia es un bloque o frente unitario de izquierda, electoral y de movilización. Un bloque unitario que aproveche las elecciones para presentar una postura única que reagrupe a la izquierda y a los sectores combativos del movimiento sindical y popular para preparar la movilización. Un bloque o frente que agrupe a Unidad Popular con los sectores de izquierda por fuera de Syriza, como Antarsya, OKDE y los sectores sindicales y populares que estuvieron por el NO y rechazan esta traición. Para iniciar un plan de movilización nacional e imponer un plan de emergencia obrero y popular que rompa con este acuerdo, suspenda todo pago de la deuda, rompa con la UE y el Euro, nacionalice la banca bajo control de los trabajadores, entre otras medidas, convocando a la solidaridad internacional por esas banderas de ruptura. En la lucha por un nuevo gobierno, un gobierno de los trabajadores y el pueblo. Los trabajadores pueden abrir un nuevo camino en Grecia, un camino de soberanía contra el imperialismo y su coloniaje.
Secretariado Internacional de la UIT-CI 
(Unidad Internacional de los Trabajadores-Cuarta Internacional) 
24 de agosto de 2015.
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Istanbul Declaration: Break the siege on the Syrian revolution!

With the people of Syria: down with Bashar, Daesh and the imperialist interventions!

Istanbul, 12th of July 2015

In March 2011, in the midst of the revolutionary wave unfolding in the region, the masses of workers, youth and poor peasants of Syria invaded the streets against the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. Assad, in return, responded to these peaceful protests with fierce repression: usage of live ammunition, arrests, torture, murder and the launch of explosive barrel bombs and of chemical weapons against entire neighborhoods… Four years since the start of the revolution, the population of Syria have already paid a severe price for their fight for freedom: More than 300 thousand people have been killed, of whom %95 were murdered by the Assad forces. The number of the injured, arrested and missing are still unknown though it could be at least half a million in total. Moreover, the number of the detainees is estimated to be more than 200 thousand, with the fate of most still yet to be discovered. Thousands of towns and villages have been destroyed and more than 11 million people have been forced to leave their homes, including over four million refugees who have sought safety outside of the country.

The aforementioned atrocious figures show the suffering caused by this bloody regime, which uses all the deadly arsenal in its possession to repress its own people. Assad does this solely in order to remain in power. Moreover, it is important to remember that the same regime had imposed various neoliberal policies on the workers, youth and poor peasants, whose imposition was intensified under Bashar’s rule. The degree to which the determination of people’s struggle is strong is proven by the continuity of the resistance against this state machine of class and sectarian hatred. This is also obvious by the continued existence of the local committees and councils as well as the demonstrations in the liberated areas and the intense activity on social media. In respect to this resistance, we welcome the important and distinguished role that the women of Syria have been playing. They have been engaged in the revolution since its first days, and they will continue to play a key role in the political life for a free and democratic Syria.

However, the revolution does not only face the atrocities of the regime. It is also dealing with the reactionary forces such as Daesh, which emerged as an alien force in Syria with the aim to destroy the revolution via their criminal acts and their project of establishing an Islamic state. Daesh benefited from the funding and arms that came from Saudi Arabia and Qatar over Turkey, which also opened its borders for the supply of fighters to Daesh. Armed confrontations between Daesh and the Assad regime have been rare, as Bashar manipulated the fundamentalists to serve as forces to crash the revolution: Assad emptied his prisons of the jihadists by setting them free and filled these prisons with workers, women, bloggers, journalists, leftist and human rights activists. Finally, the increasing impact of Daesh in the region is also due to their attainment to the armes that the United States had left there and the catastrophic results of their political presence.

At present, the Syrian revolution is going through a very critical moment. In military terms, the regime is in retreat and it can only control a third of the territory of the country. Hence its existence depends upon the help of Iran and its militias that have gradually became a sort of occupying force with the heavy presence of Iranian generals in the Syrian armed forces. This fact increases the fragmentation within the ruling elite over time.

As activists, intellectuals and internationalist organizations of the left from Syria, from the Arab countries as well as from Turkey, Europe, Latin America and North America, we support the social struggle and revolution of the people. As such, we declare that:

1. We support the heroic struggle of the Syrian people, which is unfortunately facing the killing machine of the regime in complete isolation. We denounce the silence and open complicity of the great majority of the international left that supports the regime and that is also responsible for the current isolation of the struggle. The silence and complicity of the left have only made the situation worse for those who have been fighting in Syria for freedom and social justice: This is a betrayal that the history will not forget! We are for the struggle and popular resistance in light of what our historical experiences have taught us: despite all the difficulties, the masses in Syria continue asking for dignity, work, bread and freedom! The Kurdish people participated in the Syrian Revolution since its beginning, as their rights have been oppressed like those of all other Syrians. Without doubt, the victory of the Syrian Revolution will allow them to achieve their democratic rights as well.

2. We condemn all intervention by any regional or international power in the region which are hostile to the Syrian Revolution. They know that the victory of the revolution in Syria will give new hope to the people of the Middle East, Maghreb and beyond. Iran (together with Hezbollah) and Russia have kept offering military support to the Syrian regime, which has been vital for its survival. Turkey and the Gulf countries (especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar) supported the fundamentalist forces with hopes to turn the conflict into a sectarian civil war and to control the future of the country following the anticipated fall of the regime. The imperialist bombardments by the United States and Europe in Syria and in Iraq have been reinforcing a counter reaction from the regime and the jihadists. At the same time, these imperialist forces are trying to “launder” Bashar in the international arena as the region is “facing a jihadist threat.” Such laundering would serve to the interests of Israel that has strong bonds with the regime, because it would ensure “the stability of the region” in addition to the security of its northern border. The connivance of the regime forces towards Daesh for crushing the resistance of the Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk proves the latest objective cooperation between the Damascus regime and the Zionist state.

3. We condemn Daesh as well as all other fundamentalist forces such as Jayüsh al Islam or Al-Nusra that are all trying to impose their reactionary and extremely violent power onto the people’s dreams for freedom. These forces arrest, kidnap, torture and kill simple activists, let alone the leaders of the revolutionary movement.

4. We want to stress that there cannot be any political solution that presupposes the existence of the current regime in Syria, simply because such existence would not allow the masses, which have been mobilized to bring about a free and democratic Syria based on social justice, to reach their objective. So we state firmly that the fate of their struggle should be left to the will of these masses.

5. We denounce the political policies of the “fortress of Europe” that condemn the refugees, including numerous Syrians fleeing the massacre to death. These people have no other choice than risking their lives in the Mediterranean, which has turned into the largest mass grave of the world. The only choices that the “damned of the sea” face is to either get drown in the sea or to become the new slaves of the XXIst century in a European continent in deep crisis.

6. We are aware that the struggle in Syria is the expression of a fundamental demand for freedom and social justice on a regional and an international level. It is part of an international revolutionary wave triggered by the deep capitalist crisis of 2008, which unleashed renewed attacks by the imperialists and the bourgeois class against the interests of the workers, the youth and the poor people. Thus, the struggle against the consequences of the capitalist crisis can not be separated from the struggle against regional dictatorships. The fate of the Syrian revolution is organically linked to the popular struggles in Iraq, Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and to those in other countries, where the youth, workers and peasants are in revolt against widespread oppression and misery.

The Syrian revolution is also inseparable from the struggle of the Palestinians who have been fighting against occupation since 1948. Beyond the region, this revolution has its echoes in different movements fighting against neoliberalism in Latin America and Europe, as we have seen in the strong “No” of the workers and youth against the austerity measures and the dictatorship of debt in Greece.

7. Finally, we support the local committees, revolutionary councils and humanitarian groups working in the field as well as the independent brigades of the Free Syrian Army fighting against the regime and the fundamentalist groups. Furthermore, we support the true left in Syria to make it become stronger and to make it protect and deepen the revolution so that it achieves its original goals and objectives.

If the Syrian revolution were defeated, it would become a dangerous precedent for all the struggles around the world and it would trigger a significant retreat of the international revolutionary wave. On the contrary, if the Syrian revolution is achieved, its victory will serve as a new path in the region as well as in the entire world, and it will also strengthen the struggle of the workers and the popular masses world-wide.

In immediate future we are all committing to:

1. Confirm our support and organize activities in order to contribute portraying the real picture of the revolution, to strengthen its effectiveness and to provide all means that are necessary to bring about its victory.

2. Publish this statement via all possible channels.

3. Launch a campaign with the slogan, “Break The Siege on the Syrian Revolution!” That includes,

– The organization of a commemoration of the second anniversary of the Goutha Massacre that occurred on August 21, 2013 through public activities in the countries where were are actively present.

– The organization of a week-long international solidarity with the Syrian revolution between the 5th and 11th of October 2015.

– The establishment of a Facebook page and/or website so as to publish, share and publicize written, audio and visual material and information.

4. Elect a Coordination Committee that will coordinate the aforementioned campaigns and help organizing further actions and activities.

Signed by,

Salameh Kaileh, Palestinian-Syrian journalist and Arab Marxist author

Yasser Munif, Syrian activist- Co-founder of the Global Campaign of Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution

Mansour Atassi, Leftist Democracy Party (Syria)

*Except the reference to the rol of Turkey and The Gulf countries

Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Syrian writer

Adeed Nassar, Left Movement- Lebanon

Johannes Waardenburg, (Gruppi di Solidarietà Attiva con i Siriani, Italy)

Miguel Sorans, International Secretariat of Workers International Unity-Fourth International (UIT-CI)

Gorkem Duru, Workers’ Democracy Party- Turkey (UIT-CI)

Cristina Mas, Internationalist Struggle (LI)- The Spanish State (UIT-CI)

Raoul Guzman, Internationalist Socialist Group (GSI), France

Kosaro, Committee for Workers’ Democracy (KRD), Germany (UIT-CI)

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Declaración de Estambul: Rompamos el bloqueo a la Revolución Siria

Con el pueblo de Siria: abajo Bashar, ISIS y las intervenciones imperialistas

Estambul, 12 de julio 2015

En marzo de 2011, en la ola revolucionaria desatada en la región, los trabajadores, los jóvenes y los campesinos sirios salieron masivamente a las calles contra el régimen dictatorial de Bashar Al Asad, quien respondió a las protestas pacíficas con una feroz represión: detenciones, torturas, barriles explosivos, armas químicas lanzadas contra los barrios populares. Cuatro años después, el pueblo paga un alto precio por su lucha por la libertad: más de 300 mil muertos, en un 95% a manos de las fuerzas de Asad). El número de heridos, detenidos y desaparecidos es aún desconocido, aunque podría ser por lo menos medio millón en total. Por otra parte, el número de los detenidos se estima en más de 200 mil, con la suerte de que aún más podrían ser descubiertos. Miles de pueblos y aldeas destruidas, más de 11 millones obligados a abandonar sus hogares, incluidos cuatro millones de refugiados fuera del país. Cifras atroces que muestran el sufrimiento causado por este régimen sangriento, utilizando todo su arsenal mortal contra su pueblo para mantenerse en el poder. El mismo régimen que impuso políticas neoliberales contra los trabajadores, los jóvenes y los campesinos pobres. Pero el hecho de que continúe la resistencia contra esta máquina de odio de clase y sectario, muestra la determinación de la lucha del pueblo. Prueba de ello es la actividad de los comités y los consejos locales y las manifestaciones en las zonas liberadas, o la actividad a las redes sociales. Saludamos el especial e importante papel de las mujeres, que se incorporaron a la revolución desde el primer día, y que serán claves en la vida política de una Siria libre y democrática.

La Revolución siria no sólo tiene que enfrentar las atrocidades del régimen. Se enfrenta también a la actuación y el proyecto reaccionario del ISIS (Daesh en árabe), que surgió como una fuerza ajena en Siria para destruir la revolución. Se ha beneficiado de la financiación y las armas de Arabia Saudita y Qatar, y de la ayuda de Turquía, que abre sus puertas a la entrada de los combatientes. Sus enfrentamientos con el régimen han sido excepcionales, mientras Bashar ha instrumentalizado a los fundamentalistas como una fuerza de choque contra la revolución: Asad vació sus cárceles de yihadistas para llenarlas de estudiantes, jóvenes, desempleados, opositores, campesinos, trabajadores, blogueros, mujeres, periodistas, y activistas de la izquierda y de los Derechos Humanos. El desarrollo de Daesh también es una consecuencia de las armas que Estados Unidos ha dejado en la región, y de los resultados catastróficos de su política.

La revolución siria atraviesa una situación muy crítica. En el plano militar, el régimen retrocede, y sólo controla un tercio del territorio. Su existencia depende de la ayuda de Irán a sus milicias, que se convierten poco a poco en una especie de fuerza de ocupación con una fuerte presencia de generales iraníes en las fuerzas armadas sirias. La fragmentación de la élite dirigente de régimen se acelera.

Como activistas, intelectuales y organizaciones de la izquierda en Siria, países Árabes, Turquía, Europa y América Latina, que apoyamos la lucha de los pueblos y sus revoluciones, declaramos que:

  1. Apoyamos la heroica lucha del pueblo sirio, que por desgracia quedó aislada frente a la máquina asesina del régimen. Denunciamos el silencio o la abierta complicidad de una parte de la izquierda internacional, que se coloca en el lado del régimen, y que es el responsable de este aislamiento. Esto ha agravado todavía más la situación de los que están luchando en Siria por la libertad y la justicia social: una traición que la historia no perdonará. Apoyamos la lección de lucha y resistencia popular: a pesar de todas las dificultades, las masas en Siria continúan exigiendo dignidad, trabajo, pan y libertad. El pueblo kurdo ha participado en la Revolución desde el principio, puesto que sus derechos estaban reprimidos como los de todos los sirios, y sin lugar a dudas, el triunfo de la Revolución supondrá la conquista de sus derechos democráticos.
  2. Condenamos la intervención de todos los gobiernos regionales e internacionales que son hostiles a la Revolución Siria porque su victoria daría un nuevo soplo de esperanza a los pueblos del Oriente Medio, el Magreb y más allá. Irán (con Hezbolá) y Rusia han puesto al servicio del régimen una fuerza militar sin la cual no podría sobrevivir. Turquía y los países del Golfo (especialmente Arabia Saudí y Qatar) apoyaron las fuerzas fundamentalistas para convertir el conflicto en una guerra civil sectaria, y controlar el futuro del país después de la caída del régimen. Las fuerzas imperialistas de Estados Unidos y Europa están comprometidos en una campaña de bombardeos en Siria como en Irak que refuerza los esquemas y reacción yihadista, y al mismo tiempo tratan de “blanquear” a Bashar en la escena internacional “frente al peligro islamista.” También responde a los intereses de Israel, con quien el régimen mantiene un estrecho vínculo para garantizar la estabilidad de la región y para asegurar su frontera norte. La connivencia de la fuerzas del régimen con el ISIS (Daesh) para aplastar la resistencia de los refugiados palestinos en Yarmouk es sólo el último ejemplo de la colaboración objetiva del régimen de Damasco con el Estado sionista.
  3. Condenamos al ISIS (Daesh) y otras fuerzas fundamentalistas como Jayüsh al Islam o Al-Nusra, también están tratando de imponer su poder reaccionario y extremadamente violento contra los sueños de liberación, mientras detienen secuestran y mutilan activistas y líderes de la revolución.
  4. Alertamos de que no hay una solución política que incluya al régimen para alcanzar los objetivos de las masas movilizadas por la construcción de una Siria libre, democrática y garante de la justicia social. Son estas masas las que deben decidir el destino de su lucha.
  5. Denunciamos Europa fortaleza que condena a la muerte a miles de refugiados, incluyendo muchos sirios que huyen de la masacre y no tenía más remedio que arriesgar sus vidas en el Mediterráneo, que se convirtió en la mayor fosa común en el mundo: los “parias del mar” se ahogan o se convierten en los esclavos del siglo XXI en una Europa azotada por la crisis económica. Al lado de la tragedia humanitaria, se trata fundamentalmente de un problema político.
  6. Sabemos que la lucha en Siria es una expresión de la demanda de la libertad y la justicia social a nivel regional y mundial. Forma parte de una ola internacional revolucionaria desencadenada por la profunda crisis capitalista desde 2008, que conllevó una ofensiva del imperialismo y de la burguesía contra los intereses de los trabajadores, los jóvenes y los pobres. La lucha contra los efectos de la crisis capitalista no puede separarse de la lucha contra las dictaduras. El destino de la Revolución siria está ligado al de las luchas populares en Iraq, Bahrein, Egipto, Túnez, Libia, Yemen y otros países donde la juventud, los trabajadores y los campesinos se rebelaron contra la opresión y la miseria. También se une a la lucha de los palestinos que resisten a la ocupación desde 1948. Y más allá de la región, también se hace eco de los movimientos en América Latina y Europa contra el neoliberalismo, como el contundente “no” de los trabajadores y la juventud en Grecia contra la austeridad y la dictadura de la deuda.
  7. Apoyamos a los comités locales, los consejos revolucionarios y los grupos humanitarios que trabajan sobre el terreno, y a las brigadas independientes del Ejército Sirio Libre que luchan contra el régimen y los grupos fundamentalistas. Y apoyamos a los grupos de izquierda en siria para que se fortalezcan y puedan proteger y profundizar la revolución para conseguir sus objetivos originales. Sin embargo, la victoria de la Revolución en Siria, abriría un nuevo camino en toda la región y más allá en beneficio de las luchas de los trabajadores y las masas populares.

Nos comprometemos a:

  1. Confirmar nuestro apoyo y organizar nuestra actividad para contribuir al esclarecimiento de la realidad de la revolución, fortalecer su eficacia y proporcionar todos los esfuerzos posibles para su triunfo
  2. Difundir esta declaración por todos los medios posibles
  3. Impulsar una campaña bajo el lema “Rompamos el bloqueo de la revolución Siria”

– Conmemorar el segundo aniversario de la Masacre de Goutha del 21 de agosto de 2013 con actos públicos en los países en los que trabajamos

– Organizar una semana de solidaridad internacional con la Revolución Siria entre el 5 y el 11 de octubre de este año

– Lanzar una página web/facebook para compartir informaciones y materiales

  1. Hemos constituido un Comité de Coordinación para poner en marcha esta campaña y organizar futuras actuaciones.


Salameh Kaileh. Periodista sirio palestino y autor marxista árabe

Yasser Munif. Activista Sirio y Co-fundador de la Campaña Global de Solidaridad con la Revolución Siria

Yassin al-Hajj Saleh. Escritor Sirio

Mansur Attassi. Plataforma Izquierda Democrática, Siria. * Excepto en el punto referido al papel de Turquía y los países del Golfo

Adeed Nassar. Movimiento de Izquierda. Líbano

Miguel Sorans. Secretariado Internacional de la Unidad Internacional de Trabajadores- Cuarta Internacional (UIT-CI)

Görkem Duru. Partido de la Democracia Obrera. Turquia (UIT-CI)

Cristina Mas. Lucha Internacionalista. Estado Español (UIT-CI)

Johannes Waardenburg, Gruppi di Solidarietà Attiva con i Siriani, Italia.

Raoul Guzman. Grupo Socialista Internacionalista, Francia

Kosaro, KRD-UIT-CI .Alemania



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The Greek people said NO to the Troika and the debt

The triumph of the NO in the Greek referendum by nearly 62 percent to 38 percent of the YES, was overwhelming, a great victory for the Greek workers and people. They defeated all the pressures of imperialism, of the Greek bankers and bosses and their scaremongering campaign. The dilemma is how the Syriza government will be using this popular victory. Will it take advantage of it to continue mobilising against the impositions of the Troika or will it go towards a new covenant of concessions?

By Miguel Sorans

The NO has not been a great political victory of the Greek people, with the NO to new agreements to continue the adjustments. There was a lot of pressure towards the YES. Several polls enlarged the YES. The reality is in plain sight. Again the Greek people expressed at the polls and in the streets their long resistance against the cuts and the memoranda of the Troika. It reaffirmed its struggle of over 30 general strikes and its turn to the left to search for a way out of poverty, mass unemployment and the looting of the country by the IMF and the European Union (EU).

The YES of the Troika and the Greek right failed. Also the dreadful policy of the Stalinist KKE (Greek Communist Party) who called to return a void ballot paper, which, added to the blank vote, barely reached 5.7%.

The Troika has been again defeated. But there is a danger that the leaders of Syriza and its centre-left government led by Alexis Tsipras will again yield to the pressures and pact a new agreement that will not serve the Greek people and its youth. The other alternative is that forced by the pressures of the popular triumph of NO and the harsh claims by the Troika, it will not be able to close a deal, for the crisis to continue and the non-payment (default) of the Greek debt to remain. Of course the crisis is very acute. Every day there are twists and turns. This article may even be outdated by the time it reaches the readers. But what is not going to be outdated is the dilemma Greece faces: either to continue to be tied to agreements with the Troika to continue paying a fraudulent debt or to stop paying to turn these funds to the people’s needs.

The Greek foreign debt is so unpayable that the IMF itself came out, days before the referendum, to propose a rebate of 30 percent and a “grace period” by the creditors for 20 years. Has the IMF become of the left? No, it calls for a new manoeuvre, already applied in other countries; because the old debt becomes “bonds” to be renegotiated and the “removal” is subject to a “new bailout” (a “help” of some €52 billion) to proceed with the cuts to the Greek people. In other words, a “new debt” to continue plundering.

This type of mechanism is called “restructuring” of the debt. So it is noteworthy that this is also the Syriza government’s proposal and of many who call themselves of the left or progressive as the economist Thomas Piketty, who stated that “the only solution for Athens will be to restructure the debt” (Clarin, Argentina, 7 July 2015).

This prescription has already been applied in Argentina since 2005, under the government of Nestor Kirchner, and the result was negative for the Argentine people. Instead of lowering the debt, it increased. It was called “deleveraging”. In 2001, in the worst moment of the crisis, the debt was 144.453 billion dollars and 50 percent of GDP. In 2009, after the supposed, “deleveraging”, it rose to 147.119 billion dollars and remained at 50 percent of GDP (*). And now, in 2015, the debt, poverty and looting of Argentina by the multinationals remain. The alternative to the crisis is not to restructure the debt but to stop paying it. A scam is not paid.

The only way out for the people and youth of Greece is to take advantage of the triumph of the NO to continue the mobilisation to demand the government of Syriza to return to the mandate the working people and the youth gave it in the elections of January 2015 to end with the memoranda and social cuts agreed with the Troika. For this reason, it is very important that this banner be taken up by the sectors of Syriza’s left, which have spoken against any agreement with the Troika, for the suspension of debt payment and the nationalisation of the banks. And that, together with trade unions and other sectors of the Greek revolutionary left, call to mobilise for these objectives.

* See data in Deuda externa, colonización, miseria y corrupción [Foreign debt, colonization, misery and corruption}, Editions El Socialista.

Miguel Sorans is a leader of Izquierda Socialista in Argentina [Socialist Left] and of the International Workers Unity-Fourth International (IWU-FI)



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