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Scenes of Joy as Greeks Vote OXI.

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Manifestation de joie dimanche soir après les résultats du référendum donnant plus de 60% en faveur du non.

 

 

The final result is No: 61.31%, and Yes with 38.69%

 

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I was very struck by the response of one of the Oxi voters broadcast on the television last night.

He said that one thing that had helped them make their choice was when they realised that there were so many people in Europe who stood with the Greeks – against austerity.

News on the departure of  Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis

Here’s our latest report (Guardian) on Varoufakis’ resignation. More details to be added shortly:

The Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned in the wake of the country’s resounding no vote rejecting the eurozone’s austerity terms.

Writing on his blog on Monday morning he said that he would be standing down immediately after pressure from Greece’s European partners.

“Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my … ‘absence’ from its meetings,” he wrote.

The prime minister Alexis Tsipras judged this to be “potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the ministry of finance today”.

He added: “The referendum of 5 July will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage.

“Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25 June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached. It is, therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution – to an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in favour of the needy, and real reforms.

More:

“Minister no more”: Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns

In another extraordinary development the Greek finance minister has just announced his resignation.

In a move likely to spark further concerns about the role of other European leaders in Greece’s internal politics, Varoufakis said he was made aware of a preference by “some European participants” of his absence throughout the continuing negotiations.

The post was made on Varoufakis’ blog and there is nothing to suggest it is not authentic. It has also been cross-posted on his Twitter account.

Here’s the post in full:

The referendum of 5th July will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage.

Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached. It is, therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution – to an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in favour of the needy, and real reforms.

Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my… ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today.

I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum.

And I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride.

We of the Left know how to act collectively with no care for the privileges of office. I shall support fully Prime Minister Tsipras, the new Minister of Finance, and our government.

The superhuman effort to honour the brave people of Greece, and the famous OXI (NO) that they granted to democrats the world over, is just beginning.

Written by Andrew Coates

July 6, 2015 at 10:39 am

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  1. From Byron’s last poem, On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year.

    “The Sword, the Banner, and the Field,

    Glory and Greece, around me see !

    The Spartan, borne upon his shield

    Was not more free.

    Awake ! ( not Greece — she is awake ! )

    Awake, my Spirit ! Think through whom

    Thy life-blood tracks its parent lake

    And then strike home !

    Tread those reviving passions down

    Unworthy Manhood ! — unto thee

    Indifferent should the smile or frown

    Of beauty be.

    If thou regret’st thy Youth, why live?

    The land of honourable Death

    Is here: — up to the Field, and give

    Away thy Breath !

    Seek out — less often sought than found —

    A Soldier’s Grave, for thee the best;

    Then look around and choose thy Ground,

    And take thy Rest.”

    http://readytogoebooks.com/LP14.htm

    Andrew Coates

    July 6, 2015 at 11:52 am

  2. Krugman
    “we have just witnessed Greece stand up to a truly vile campaign of bullying and intimidation, an attempt to scare the Greek public, not just into accepting creditor demands, but into getting rid of their government. It was a shameful moment in modern European history, and would have set a truly ugly precedent if it had succeeded.

    But it didn’t. You don’t have to love Syriza, or believe that they know what they’re doing — it’s not clear that they do, although the troika has been even worse — to believe that European institutions have just been saved from their own worst instincts. If Greece had been forced into line by financial fear mongering, Europe would have sinned in a way that would sully its reputation for generations. Instead, it’s something we can, perhaps, eventually regard as an aberration.”
    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/05/europe-wins/?_r=0

  3. “Publicist: Brussels Prefers Corrupt but Obedient Greek Leaders, Tsipras is no Good
    Sunday, 05 July 2015

    Brussels’ message to Greeks reads: “Your vote is irrelevant. We would rather deal with corrupt but obedient leaders, than honest ones with ideas of sovereignty,” Greek publicist Alex Andreou says.

    Greeks and the people of Europe need to realize that they were twisted around the Eurozone decision makers’ little finger, Greek publicist Alex Andreou pointed out.

    “[The EU] taxpayers’ money was pumped, not into Greece, but into failing banks, like everywhere else. Profit has been privatized and risk nationalized,” the publicist stressed.

    Citing the research work released by the Jubilee Debt Campaign in January 2015, Mr. Andreou emphasized that almost all the money lent by the Troika and European governments to Greece since 2010 has been used to pay off private banks while barely 10 percent of it reached the people of Greece.

    “It is not the people of Greece who have benefitted from bailout loans from the IMF, EU and European Central Bank [ECB], but the European and Greek banks which recklessly lent money to the Greek State in the first place,” the analysis stated.

    However, it seems that this fact does not bother the ECB which has been “asphyxiating” the Greek economy — “the ultimate blackmail to force subordination,” according to the publicist.

    Now major Eurozone players are “openly admitting” that their ultimate goal is a regime change in Greece and putting the burden of responsibility for Greece’s crisis on the country’s present government and Syriza party.

    “The EU’s behavior over the Greek Referendum on Sunday is telling. Everyone agrees that corruption at the highest levels and chronic tax evasion were Greece’s downfall. And yet, instead of cheering a government that, despite ideological differences, is prepared to tackle those things, they have employed any unconstitutional and undemocratic means necessary to overthrow it. They are actively trying to install a government formed of the very corrupt entities that stripped the country like locusts for four decades,” Mr. Andreou highlighted.

    While Brussels is blaming Greece for the ongoing crisis it was the Troika which over-lent to the country, forcing it to take new loans.

    On the other hand, Athens cannot use such mechanisms as quantitative easing or devaluing their currency being a part of the Eurozone.

    “Greece should have been allowed to default in 2010. Default is a normal part of debt, not some monstrously catastrophic event. Germany has defaulted on its debts four times in the last century. Italy six,” the publicist emphasized.

    Brussels is cutting its own throat by pushing Greece to the brink of collapse, Mr. Andreou noted, adding that punishing an EU member for “having done precisely as instructed,” will undermine the EU prestige and will make other states feel anxious and unsafe.”

    http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/27678/46/

    Andrew Coates

    July 6, 2015 at 4:38 pm

  4. You cannot beat the Greek Communist Party (KKE) for sectarianism, though their British supporters in the CPB come pretty close on Syriza at least, not to mention the Brent Soviet’s views on the same party….

    The KKE not only boycotted the Referendum but did this, “… the KKE called on the workers to turn their backs on the false dilemma which was being posed in the referendum, using all appropriate means. The forces of the KKE outside the election centres handed out its own ballot paper to the voters which said:

    NO TO THE PROPOSAL OF THE EU-IMF-ECB
    NO TO THE PROPOSAL OF THE GOVERNMENT
    DISENGAGEMENT FROM THE EU, WITH THE PEOPLE IN POWER

    Of course, it was understood that this ballot paper would be counted as a spoiled ballot, but together with the blank ballot papers, and the abstention it constitutes a political current that disputes the choices of the SYRIZA-ANEL government and also of the imperialist organizations, with whom the government is negotiating for the needs of capital in Greece.”

    https://21centurymanifesto.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/kke-statement-on-the-referendum-result/

    Trotskyists please note!

    You know can do better! Don’t wait for a few days to scream about Syriza’s betrayal – begin now!

    Andrew Coates

    July 6, 2015 at 5:22 pm

  5. For comrades’ amusement. A Stalin impersonator has beaten up a Lenin impersonator in the Moscow Underground.

    “It is noted that the reason for the quarrel began disagreements of a professional nature.”
    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fm.gazeta.ru%2Fsocial%2Fnews%2F2015%2F07%2F06%2Fn_7352629.shtml&sandbox=1

  6. Bizarre sectarianism and defeatism from today’s Morning Star: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-4816-Eurozone-cant-be-reformed#.VZuwuP50zcs

    Jim Denham

    July 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm


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