Due to the fact that the last hours many friends and trade unionists from various countries have been asking WFTU for information regarding the Referendum to take place in Greece, we have asked and are publishing a short input by the Press Room of PAME Greece which notes:
No to the Memorandum of Troika – No to the Memorandum of SYRIZA
The coalition Government of the Socialdemocratic SYRIZA and the ultrarightwing ANEL approved last night in the Parliament the conducting of a Referendum on July 5th. This resolution was voted in the Parliament with 178 votes in favor coming from the three major parties, SYRIZA, the ultarightwing racist ANEL and the neofascist party Golden Dawn.
The coalition of SYRIZA-ANEL is aiming with this referendum to transfer the responsibility over to the Greek people. At the same time they are trying to deceive the working people with many lies, hence the dilemma expressed by the Referendum is fake.
The Greek Government denied to include in the Referendum the question of the Memorandum proposed by the Government which includes an antipeoples antilabor program of 8 billion euro undersigned by the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras himself towards the Troika. Instead the Question of the Referendum only asks whether the Greek people approve or not the Memorandum proposed by Troika which in reality has little difference from the proposal of the Government.
Today the President of the Republic, Prokopis Paulopoulos will give his approval according to the law for the holding of the Referendum. It is important to recall that the President of the Republic, who is elected by the Parliament, was chosen by SYRIZA and voted with the votes of SYRIZA, ANEL and the neoconservative New Democracy. The current President of the Republic has also served in the past as Member of the Parliament for 16 years and also 7 Years as Minister in the government of New Democracy. In fact the period 2004-2009 he served as SuperMinister of Internal Affairs and Political Head of the Secret Services of Greece.
The working class of our Country must denounce with its vote on the 5th of July both Memorandums of Troika and of the Government. to denounce the European Union, the IMF! The European Central Bank and to demand its autonomy grom those imperialist mechanisms. The class oriented movement must utilize these five days to inform all popular strata. The Government calls for a Referendum in such a short period exactly in order to prevent the substantial discussion.
At the same time we call the working people to denounce the political forces that accept the EU as a one-way road as they have huge responsibility for the current situation of our people.