Statement by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece
The government yesterday carried out the most naked and open blackmail and ideological intimidation against the people, in relation to the agreement for the management of the state debt, by announcing a referendum. At the same time the government of PASOK requested a vote of confidence from the Parliament.
Down with the government! Elections now! No to the naked blackmail and ideological intimidation against the people!
The blackmail will not succeed. The announcement of the prime minister concerning the referendum means that a vast mechanism to coerce the people is being set up, through which the government and the EU will use every means, threats and provocations in order to subdue the working class and the popular strata, to snatch a Yes for the new agreement.
The referendum is going to be carried out with a new reactionary law, lumping together the positions of the KKE [Communist Party of Greece] with that of ND [“New Democracy”] and the other parties, despite the fact that they are diametrically opposed, while the strategy of the government is identified with the strategy of ND, LAOS [right-wing party] and their other stooges.
Elections now! The working class and the popular strata must impose them and welcome them with mass mobilisations all over the country. With their activity and vote they must strike hard against the bourgeois political system, to pave the way for the overthrow of the anti-people political line, the power of the monopolies.