The battle of the Greek Referendum on July 5 for a “Yes' or “No” to the new barbaric “austerity” measures demanded from the impoverished Greek people by the recent ultimatum by the IMF/EU/ECB as the only way to “avoid” collapse and Grexit, escalates each day.
The class lines of the confrontation became very clear. All the leaders of world imperialism- Obama, Merkel, Holland, Renzi, Rajoy, Cameron etc.-,all the institutions of finance capital and their worldwide mass media intensify their threats and intimidation, while they try unsuccessfully to “minimize” the dangers for the world capitalist economy. Obama, in his last statement, claimed that a Grexit will not affect the US economy, although most bourgeois analyst have the opposite view including his own Finance Secretary Jack Lew who had many times warned the EU that a Grexit represents “ a global systemic risk”.
In Greece, all the bourgeois opposition parties, local government leaders of the Right and of the “extreme center” Potami, the capitalist owners of the big companies, and nearly all the TV, radio, and Press mass media are united not only to terrorize the population, blackmailing it to vote “Yes” but also to mobilize a counter-revolutionary “ civil society” petty bourgeois pro-EU “We stay in Europe” movement having as model, as themselves say, the “European” in Ukraine.
Today, these reactionary forces of the ruling class have organized their rally in support of the Yes, in Syntagma Square. Companies, while they did not pay their workers blaming for that “the communist government that has closed the banks”, blackmailed their personnel to participate in today's rally “otherwise, their jobs were in jeopardy”.
The reactionary pro YES rally was massive but obviously with less people from yesterday's pro-NO popular mobilization. Furthermore, as a well-known atheist said, “ even God is against the right wingers because during their rally a torrential summer rain started to fall dispersing the assembled petty bourgeois “warriors”!..
Meanwhile, behind the scenes, feverish secret negotiations have started again between the EU and the Tsipras government to find a last moment agreement. Yesterday’s mobilization of the popular masses against the troika- reviving memories of 2011 and 2012- has frightened both the imperialist institutions but also the government, which does not stop to repeat that “a victory of the NO does not mean a break but a new round of negotiations with the EU”!! Anyway, the referendum was a clear expression of the pressures of the masses themselves against the capitulation of the government.
A previous proposal by Juncker was resurrected and presented now by the Greek government asking for a new 2-years loan from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) with softer austerity terms to avoid a full meltdown of the Greek economy with uncontrollable implications in Europe and internationally.
The previous “bailout program” with the troika has expired today, June 30, and officially Greece is without any “safety belt”. No payment of the 1.5 billion euros for the debt to the IMF was done- a first for a European country. The biggest challenge for the institutions' should be a probable non-payment of a 3.5 billion euros due to the ECB on July 20.
The EEK continues its campaign for the NO all over the country. There was a demonstration in Volos under the slogan “We will not pay for the crisis of the capitalists”. Tomorrow, we have a central rally in Athens- let's hope without a rain!