The people of Greece are preparing for the 2-day general strike. The text below is tonight's Call of the People's Assembly of Syntagma Square.
After 34 days of demonstrations and occupation of the Syntagma Square, the final battle is arriving. In a few hours the 48-hour General Strike and the encirclement of parliament will begin. The mid-term austerity plan will not be voted on, and our lives will not be sold off! (And of course we are not afraid of the threat of the vice president of the government, Pangalos, that "it is either the mid-term austerity plan or the tanks in the streets").
We are now only a few hours from the 48-hour nationwide mobilization of 28 and 29 June. Everything indicates that the 48-hour General Strike could form part of a nationwide uprising that would ultimately bury the notorious Medium-Term Austerity Programme. This struggle is not only critical for our future, but also a beacon of hope for all the peoples of the world who want to take their lives into their own hands. The demonstration at Syntagma Square marks the beginning of a new direction.
On June 28 at 9am we are gathering at Syntagma Square to protest and wait for the strike protesters to join us. At 6pm a big popular concert will begin, which will last until late at night.
On June 29 we will coordinate all our forces in order to completely surround the Parliament. The People’s Assemblies from the northern suburbs will meet at 8am at the Evangelismos metro station. Amongst others, the People’s Assemblies of Agia Paraskevi, Halandri, Holargos, Papagos, Zografos, Glyka Nera, Pallini, Galatsi, Maroussi, Heraklion, N. Ionia, Patisia, N. Philadelphia, Gizi, Piraeus and Ambelokipi-Erythros Stavros-Polygono will be there. The People’s Assemblies from the southern and eastern suburbs will gather at 8:00 am at Panathinaiko Stadium. These include, amongst others, the People’s Assemblies of N. Smyrni, Byron, Agios Dimitrios, Voula-Vari, Neos Kosmos, Petralona-Thissio-Koukaki and Hellenicon. The People’s Assemblies from the western suburbs are gathering at Syntagma Square (Amalias Street & V. Sofias Street). These include, amongst others, the People’s Assemblies of Petroupoli, Egaleo, Peristeri, Haidari and Ag. Anargyri-Kamatero. The primary unions and People’s Assemblies from all over Greece, are also gathering at various spots.
Accommodation for the people coming from across the country has been organized.
For all the people who, for whatever reason, cannot be on foot at blockades, it is very important that you help the encirclement of the Parliament by participating in a peaceful traffic demonstration starting at 8am: several hundred cars running continuously at speeds of 10-20 kph on Kifissias Street, Mesogion Street and Michalakopoulou Street returning from alternative routes whenever the police divert them will create a huge difficulty for the Members of the Parliament to access the House.
Once again, just as we have done ever since May 25, we insist that the character of our struggle be massive and decisive. We call upon everyone to respect and guard our decision.
We warn the government and the commissioners of the troika to not even consider the possibility that repression can break our resistance.
To Pangalos’ dilemma "mid-term programme or tanks", we answer: "the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Be proud of your grandfather!"
We are not leaving unless they and their dilemmas leave first! The squares belong to us. We have the right on our side. We assert the obvious: FREEDOM-JUSTICE-DIGNITY!
Faith in our powers. It is us or them! We are condemned to victory! The Mid-term Programme SHALL NOT PASS!
Direct Democracy Now!
The People’s Assembly of Syntagma Square, 26 June 2011
The original text of the statement can be found here.
Feyzi Ismail teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is active in UCU
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