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Anarchists/communists clash in Athens - Resolution by the Popular Assembly 10/21/2011

Resolution by the Popular Assembly of Syntagma Square, 21/10/2011
After Varkiza [1], the Polytechnic [2], the Chemistry School (1979) [3], December [2008] [4] and a number of other instances, reality once again came to reveal the role of the Party that systematically betrays popular struggles. And if up to this point they strangled, with their political offices any generalised and determined strike during all these years, if they smeared all revolts as a "provocation", henceforth history shows this was not "mere political errors" but a co-oordinated and conscious stance defending parliamentary dictatorship and the capitalist financial and social relationships. This is what they did yesterday (20/10), too, even if up to that point they would call the people to demonstrations for the overthrowing of the government. They guarded the smooth operation of parliament and instead of surrounding it they acted even more barbarously than the police, cracking sculls open and handing over demonstrators to the forces of repression. The worst from all that they did was that they legitimised the state, which murdered one of their comrades, blaming the murder to some parastatist violence.

From yesterday on, definitively and irreversibly, the so-called "Communist Party" is no more than a barrier against the attempt to bury the parliamentary corpse. Any free human struggling for their dignity in these crucial days must politically target it [in return]. This proposition should not be read as a split in the movement. We might have common problems and common targets with the plain voters of the "Communist Party", but the politics and the practice of the leadership to which they are glued follows by word the orders of the government and the envoys of the IMF, EU and the ECB. We never marched side-by-side with them, there will never be with us. We must all keep in mind that the "Communist Party" will act as a fifth column of the dictatorial regime, hoping once again to grab some crumbs off the parliamentary table, just like it did in 1990 [5].

The stance of all political groupings, whether parliamentary or not, which supported the acts of the "Communist Party", either indirectly with their silence, or directly with their statements, is equally condemnable. For as long as these parties remain within a parliament comprising of order-recipients of the TROIKA and continue to receive their fat salaries, they are entirely co-responsible for what has happened so far and what is to come. Their negative votes to the memorandums and combined laws reveal precisely their role in the dictatorship: they provide the alibi of polyphony and democracy, in this entirely set-up parliament of representatives, in order for the impoverished people to continue counting the ballots in each fixed and predetermined voting of laws that abolish their future - while at the same time being fed with the illusion that someone speaks on their behalf and their interest. So, they leave opposition to the professionals of politics, and do not feel the need to react immediately and by person. Any vote, even to extra-parliamentary parties of the "far left" in national and local elections is nothing more than oil in the clogs [of the machine] and a legitimisation of the "correctness" of the current parliamentary dictatorship.

From May 25th, when we first gathered at the square, we revealed direct democracy as the capacity of each one of us to participate, to consult, one another, to shape ideas together autonomously, away from ideological or parliamentary labels. We shall remain here, against their bankrupt parliamentarism and their bureaucracy.



Popular Assembly of Syntagma Square, 21/10/2011

1. Reference to the 1945 Treaty of Varkiza, where the Communist Party betrayed armed struggle and thousands of fighters of the Civil War in exchange for its legality in the new regime

2. Reference to the Communist Party's original stance against the Polytechnic Uprising of 1973, calling participants "police provocateurs"

3. Reference to the incidents of 1979 at the Chemistry School in Athens, where members of the Communist Party broke the school's occupation, directly co-operating with the police

4. A reference, of course, to the most recent condemning of the revolt of December 2008

5. Reference to the Communist Party's share of power with the two main parliamentary parties, ND and PASOK, in 1990

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Greek original:  http://real-democracy.gr/votes/2011-10-21-psifisma-l-s-plateias-syntagmatos-21102011