Pro-Greek people demonstration, Brussels, 3 July

This video is about the solidarity demonstration with Greece in Brussels, Belgium on 21 June 2015. The demonstration started with singing the song Grandola; which helped to start the anti-fascist ‘carnation revolution‘ in Portugal.

On Friday 3 July 2015, two days before the Greek referendum on European Union austerity, there will be a solidarity demonstration with the Greek people in Brussels.

Start of the demonstration: 18:30, Brussels Central Station.

19:30: rally at the stock exchange building.

OXI ! – NEE ! – NON ! [NO!]

Together with the Greeks for democracy and solidarity.

6 thoughts on “Pro-Greek people demonstration, Brussels, 3 July


    To Friendly Political Parties and Movements

    Athens, 29 June 2015

    Dear Comrades and friends,

    As you know, following the historic victory of SYRIZA in our national elections on January 25 of this year, a government of social salvation was formed in Greece, headed by our Party President, now Prime Minister Mr Alexis Tsipras.

    The new government’s clear mandate from the Greek people was to end the policies of extreme austerity, to relieve the socially weaker strata and to resolve the intolerable public debt crisis through negotiations, thereby creating the conditions for economic recovery and growth.

    Negotiations have been going on since February between the new government and our EU partners, together with the other institutions involved in the Greek program. From the beginning, the government’s position has been that the Greek people’s mandate should be respected and that Greece should be treated as an equal partner in the EU and the Eurozone.

    The negotiations went through many stages. In the meantime, the Greek Government took the first steps toward implementing its program. The first bill tabled and passed by the new Parliament, aimed to help the government deal with the country’s humanitarian crisis.

    At the same time, the government did not neglect its task of moving in the direction of a multi-dimensional actively pro-peace foreign policy, seeking to upgrade Greece’s international position and role, to the benefit of the Greek people and our country’s national issues.

    Obviously, democracy and the sovereignty of the people in our country are not negotiable; we also believe that this is not in any way incompatible with our membership in the EU and the Eurozone; on the contrary, it serves the European Idea in the most authentic way.

    Last week, negotiations reached their most critical point. On Monday, 22 June, during the informal Eurozone Summit meeting, a well-documented Greek proposal was submitted for agreement by the institutions (European Commission, European Central Bank, IMF). It was described by top EU officials as a “good basis” for completing the negotiations. Despite this, the IMF then submitted new and unacceptable conditions, primarily in the fields of labour rights and pensions, for an agreement with Greece. The difficulties it raised made it necessary for the Prime Minister himself to travel to Brussels to take part in talks with the institutions and in the regular June EU Summit.

    Unfortunately, the Prime Minister and our negotiating team were confronted with proposals from the institutions that in fact constituted an ultimatum. It is characteristic that the President of the European Council, Mr Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland, addressed Mr Tsipras with the phrase “Game over”.

    This development caused the Prime Minister, upon his return to Athens, to suggest to the Council of Ministers that a referendum be held so that the people could decide whether or not to accept the institutions’ proposal. His suggestion was adopted by Parliament. On June 26, the Greek Parliament voted in favour of the referendum (178 votes for and 120 against), which was set for Sunday 5 July.

    Within the next few days, the task of the government and the parties that support it will be to campaign for a “NO” vote in the Referendum.

    In the belief that international solidarity played an important part in SYRIZA’S election victory in January, and has also been manifested in various ways in the past five months, we appeal to you to continue and step up your solidarity with the Greek people and our Government.

    The battle we are fighting in Greece is also a battle for Europe and its future. A battle for social justice and international cooperation on an equal basis.

    Panos Trigazis
    Coordinator of SYRIZA’s Department of International Relations and Peace Issues


  2. As IMF deadline passes, Syriza offers new deal

    by Our Foreign Desk

    GREECE and its European creditors were due to discuss a last-minute proposal by Athens for a new two-year rescue deal submitted just hours before the country’s international bailout expired last night.

    The defiant Syriza government had been buoyed by mass support as thousands rallied in Athens on Monday night against the EU’s bailout deal.

    And Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis stated that the €1.6 billion (£1.13bn) loan instalment due to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by last night would not be paid.

    But as the Star went to press, eurozone finance ministers were due to discuss Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s offer in a teleconference.

    On Monday more than 13,000 people gathered in Athens to support him and denounce Greece’s creditors, as they chanted: “Take the bailout and go!”

    Speaking on next Sunday’s referendum on accepting the eurozone’s deal of austerity measures, he said: “We ask you to reject it with all the might of your soul, with the greatest margin possible.

    “The greater the participation and the rejection of this deal, the greater the possibility will be to restart the negotiations to set a course of logic and sustainability.”

    The government has insisted that a No vote would not mean an exit from the eurozone or the EU, with Mr Tsipras saying that Europe would not dare kick Greece out. Mr Varoufakis went further, threatening court action if attempts were made to remove the country from the joint currency.

    “The EU treaties make no provision for euro exit and we refuse to accept it. Our membership is not negotiable,” he said.

    The government has imposed strict capital controls after a run on Greek banks set in over the weekend. All banks have been ordered to close for at least a week and account holders are limited to cash machine withdrawals of €60 (just over £40) per day.

    The Finance Ministry said it would open about 1,000 bank branches across the country for three days from today to allow pensioners without bank cards to make withdrawals limited to €120 per week.


  3. A Greek government official said Mr Tsipras had spoken earlier in the day with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, European Central Bank head Mario Draghi and European Parliament president Martin Schulz.

    On Monday, Mr Juncker said he felt “betrayed” by Syriza and called on Greek voters to oppose the left-wing party.

    “I’d like to ask the Greek people to vote Yes.

    “I very much like the Greeks and I’d say to them: ‘You should not commit suicide because you are afraid of death’,” he said in an emotional speech delivered against a backdrop of giant Greek and EU flags.

    His statement outraged many Greek people mindful of the human cost of EU-imposed austerity cuts which have bled their country dry for the past four years, with the suicide rate reported to have risen by a third.


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