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Last night a massive demo took place in Edinburgh. Greeks, Spanish, Portuguese, Italians and Scottish people marched in solidarity with the European General Strike shouting against austerity, showing their will for changing the political system. We hope that this demo was only the beginning, and that the EU governments are going to find us united in this battle. Thank you all for coming!

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Greece may be in the eye of the storm, but it is not the only country where severe austerity has been imposed. Unemployment in Spain has also reached 25% while British people have seen their income dwindle as a result of the cuts imposed by the coalition. All around the world, people are plunged into despair while large corporations continue to enjoy huge profits. The global nature of the crisis is yet more proof that this is not the result of the corruption and laziness of everyday people in Southern Europe as has often shamelessly been reported, but the result of the political and economic system: the system of neoliberal internationalised market economy and representative democracy, which the affected countries are integrated in via the EU. It also indicates that the answer to it must be global as well. An internationalist network of the exploited and oppressed must stand up against the well-organized international collaboration of the ruling classes and their political institutions. One step in this direction is to be taken on the 14th of November, a day of pan-European action and solidarity. Trade union federations in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus and Italy have called general strikes and there will be demonstrations in a number of cities including Edinburgh.

Believing that the world can change is not an illusion. Believing that it can stay the same is!

Come to the solidarity demo at 18:00, outside St. Giles Cathedral, Royal Mile.

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The symbolic 7-hour trip of Angela Merkel to Athens, this Tuesday the 9th of October, shows the clarification of the austerity plan which forces Greek people into misery in order to save the European banks. Cuts on the national minimum wage, reduction on pensions, privatization of the public sector are only the indicative measures that have led to 50% of youth unemployment, increase of poverty rate and suicides and the general suffering of the Greek society. The majority of the Greek parties have terrorised the electorate about the supposedly disastrous consequences of a possible Euro/EU exit, in order to adopt now even more strict measures, following the “orders” of the neo-liberal European governments and the so-called Troika.

People are fighting through massive demos and takeovers, giving a heroic battle against the violent and fascist repression of the police forces. During the last days, citizens who just participated in peaceful demos have been illegally arrested and tormented by the Greek Police. A huge movement has been created for Tuesday in organising protests against Merkel all over the centre of Athens, which have been illegally prohibited by the fascist Greek government taking us back to the military junta times. “By decision of the General Police Director of Attica any public congregation is prohibited for reasons of public safety and non-disruption of socio-economic life of the capital, in the period from 09.00 hours Tuesday 09 October 2012 up to 22.00 hours of the same, in the City of Athens … “.

We act in solidarity with the fighting Greek people. We are not intimidated by State violence and restrictions. The entire world must be in the streets of Greece these days. The ONLY answer is fighting for the cancellation of all the memoranda and loan agreements, exit from the Euro/EU, socialisation of the banks, expropriation of all the privatised key sectors of the economy and against every fascist policy.

See you all, on Tuesday the 9th of October outside the CITY CHAMBERS at Royal Mile, at 5pm.

Who struggles can fail. Who doesn’t struggle has already failed!
B. Brecht

On the 12th of February the non-elected Greek Government adopted a new austerity plan, approved by the Greek parliament, which forces people into misery in order to save the European Banks. The 22% cut on the minimum wage (480 euros – 435 for young people), reduction on pensions, the abolishment of the collective bargaining, the privatization of the public sector (including health care and education) are only indicative measures for the future of the Greek people.The “rescue” plan for Greece includes 130 billion euros, provided by European tax payers, which are not planned to serve the people but will only be given to the European Banks.
On Sunday the 12th of February the hundreds of thousands of Greek people took the streets fighting against the measures imposed be the EU, the European Central Bank, the IMF which would lead to the enslavement to the bankers. On the streets they gave a battle against the violent repression of the police forces having also as an opponent the “silence” of the media on demonstrations.
Greece is only the start before the generalization of the measures all over Europe. The people of Greece need the international solidarity and they call for our support.Let’s stay united and fight back AGAINST the austerity measures, AGAINST repression, AGAINST the dictatorship of bankers.
WE ARE ALL GREEKS!
WHEN THEY SAY CUT BACK, WE SAY FIGHT BACK!
On Saturday 18th of February there will be demonstrations everywhere in solidarity with the mobilization of people of Greece. We make this call at 12.00 outside the City Chambers at Royal Mile. See you ALL there!

Meeting of solidarity to the striking Greek workers!

11+12/ 02 /2012

12:00

In front of the City Chambers, High Street,  EH1 1YJ, Edinburgh

The  leaflet that we will distribute is the following:

SOLIDARITY TO STRIKING GREEK WORKERS

On Sunday 12/2/12 the unelected coalition government of Greece will play the IMF and troika game once again and vote for a series of new, even harder austerity measures than the ones already exist leading the working class of Greece in absolute misery and poverty. For the past three years the Troika, the IMF and the fasco-governments of banking interests have led Greek workers into a new period of austerity. Consequently unemployment rates have reached a 40%, while funding for education and healthcare have reached record-lows. Homeless people have increased up to 20.000. Privatizations and selling of all the public wealth, more than 40% of wages total halve reaching 350(!!) euros per month for young people, emergency taxes have been levied on top of older ones only to make the survival of workers practically impossible. To add insult to injury governments and their hired mouthpieces in the media shamelessly accuse the people of laziness, corruption and tax-evasion. Greece was only the beginning. International capitalism will try increasingly to exact its toll from the people of Britain as well.

Our answer will be their worse nightmare. Greek working class including the vast majority of the public and private sector unions is on a strike for two days now, while the Greek steel workers are on the 3rd month of their heroic strike. Working class is not the one that created the crisis and of course not the one that is going to pay for it. A system that makes us live in misery, a system that makes us pay for its own crisis IS NOT OUR FUTURE! Things are going to be only worse if we don’t fight back. Confronted with privatization and cuts, unemployment and humiliation we consciously opt for decency: a worker’s internationalist movement guided by our social needs. From Scotland to Greece, From Spain to Ireland we are all workers. Our rights are the same, our enemy is the same. Our goal should be the same.

FIGHT! RESIST!

IF IT’S NOT FOR US THEN WHO?

IF NOT NOW WHEN?