SYRIZA Left Platform Leader Lafazanis Sticks to Hardline Stance



lafazanis1Sticking to his guns, SYRIZA’s Left Platform leader Panagiotis Lafazanis insisted that the Greek government will lose support within the party if it continues down a pro-Memorandum path.

“If the government becomes irretrievably identified with new and old Memoranda and the policies that form these, it will find itself opposed not just by me but by the great majority in SYRIZA, almost all the democratic, progressive people of the Left,” he said in an interview to “Real News” on Sunday.

Lafazanis said that he supports the government to implement the “radical program” on which SYRIZA was elected and respond to the result of the referendum, not to sign and implement new Memoranda.

“My own position and insistence from the start was to promptly prepare Greece, first of all politically, for all outcomes – even for that of an exit from the Eurozone, if it was met with a ‘wall’ and demands for capitulation,” he said.

In another interview to “Free Sunday,” Lafazanis also noted that the Left Platform was SYRIZA’s initiator as a unifying force of the Left and supported the party at a time when others, many of which were not fanatical supporters of the Memorandum, were trying to break it up.

He also disputed that an exit from the euro would be disastrous, noting that with the right progressive policies, a national currency could help increase domestic production and employment.

(source: ana-mpa)


19 COMMENTS

  1. Wealth comes from taxation and communist money trees rather than production in the private sector. Keep up the great work leftists.

  2. At least Lafazanis is sticking to SYRIZA’s platform. If you asked Tsipras he would mumble something about hiding behind his stupid signature, or propose alternatives and packing his bags. Laughable if it wasn’t such a serious matter.

  3. ‘Lafazanis said that he supports the government to implement the “radical program” on which SYRIZA was elected and respond to the result of the referendum, not to sign and implement new Memoranda.’

    Good luck with that, and by the way, how is showing loyalty to the constitution radical? I thought the not so radical SYRIZA were against an undemocratic 50 seat bonus top up!

    “My own position and insistence from the start was to promptly prepare Greece, first of all politically, for all outcomes – even for that of an exit from the Eurozone, if it was met with a ‘wall’ and demands for capitulation,” he said.

    Well that’s problematic (paying debts in an inflated currency for starters), in taking high office without a majority on your side in Greece, let alone Europe, the choice was to either capitulate, or isolation, but I’m sure you’ll have allies in the KKE in turning Greece into a Hoxha type Albania.

    I’ll leave you with a letter to the *Weekly Worker*:

    “Like Cassandra

    Comrade Bruno Kretzschmar seems to have picked up our articles on Syriza halfway through the debate.

    Our position right from the start was to advise Syriza not to take
    office – it was necessary to develop a powerful opposition and build up
    majority support in Greece in conjunction with a Europe-wide working
    class movement. In fact if they had refused the 50-seat top-up because
    of its anti-democratic character they would have been morally justified
    in remaining in opposition.

    The right would then have had the job of negotiating a settlement
    with the EU. The choice between betrayal and an Albanian-style economic
    isolation could have been avoided and there would have been the
    possibility of winning Syriza to the principle of working class
    independence. Choosing to take office, not least in coalition with a
    rightwing partner, could only end in disaster.

    Our main point, however, is not to crucify Greek politicians, but to
    point out to people like Bruno the futility of putting their hope in
    short-term solutions. Greece is isolated and can only overcome its
    crisis if it has powerful allies across Europe. This requires a
    different and more patient strategy, aimed at creating a *pan-European
    Communist Party* that really can challenge capitalism.

    The left outside Greece who placed their hopes in Syriza were utopian
    and irresponsible. Far from helping Greek workers, they encouraged both
    Greeks and their own supporters to embrace illusions. The effect of
    this will almost certainly lead to disillusionment and bolster rightwing
    forces. How much support will Podemos lose, now people have the example
    of Syriza? People are now more likely to accept that there is no
    alternative but to accept austerity or face even worse.

    The comrade finds it easy to blame the carriers of bad news, but it
    is not us who have brought about this sorry state of affairs. In fact it
    is the “socially progressive bourgeois intellectuals” by placing all
    their hopes in Syriza who have done so much to create the present
    impasse. We may have spoken like Cassandra, but our fears are turning
    out to be all too true.”

    Phil Kent

    Haringey

    * My emphasis

  4. You still living on this planet how is Greece going to compete against China and India in production talk sense Phil we need to work smarter not harder prior to Greece joining EU we had a huge small industry sector which is all but gone because they are uncompetitive in global mass production market and this will not change government needs to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs

  5. To become competitive we need to increase productivity of our private sector… not attack it like our idiotic communists do. Lectures about competitiveness and economics from those that vote for Marxists isn’t very credible.

  6. At at their worse ND and Pasok were infinitely preferable to treasonous incompetent Marxists. Greece is currently headed for failed state. Of course Greek citizens that don’t care about Hellenism don’t give a damn. All the can think about is finding ways to mooch off the government.

  7. Phil, Phil, Phil !!!!!! just because I vote left doesn’t mean I know nothing about economics anymore than voting right makes you some sort of economic seer all that means is that for some reason you wish to retain the thieves that ran this country into the ground and I don’t you can continue with your name calling it obviously gives you some sort of pleasure but you are starting to sound a little pedantic

  8. Israel competes just fine. This is in part because they don’t vote for Marxist morons. Most Jews have a pro-business attitude unlike leftists in Greece.

  9. 1. There is no “us” here. You speak as a non-Greek living in Greece.

    b. Israel has some of the best scientists in the world and highly productive workforce. This is admirable.

  10. Greece’s communist supporters are doing a fine job of not emulating Israel. Leftists in Greece are well on their way to turning Greece into a 3rd world nation that produces nothing but hot air by far leftist idiots.

  11. If anything many Jews are better at behaving like Greeks than pseudo-Greek leftists whose idea of Hellenism revolves around selling trinkets to tourists.

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