Many may remember the mass demonstrations and riots that took place in Athens in early December 2008. These were an expression of the public outcry that followed the murder of 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos by an armed police officer in the iconic subversive downtown...Read More
London Event on Skouries (Halkidiki, Greece) gold mining held on Thursday, 19 September 2013 at Unite the union in London, UK. Lazaros Toskas, member of the Struggle Coordinating Committee of Megali Panagia, shares stories of resistance and repression, of mining, rights and the...Read More
Around midnight on 17 September in the populous working-class district of Amfiali/Keratsini, in the area of Piraeus, Pavlos Fissas, a 34 year old man, was ambushed by a gang of neo-nazi Golden Dawn members and brutally assaulted which led to his death a few moments...Read More
The next SYRIZA London members’ general assembly will be held this Thursday 19 February at 18.30 at the main offices of Unite, the Union, 128 Theobald’s Rd, WC1X, London, in Rooms 1-2.
Do come along if you are a Greek in London who would like to observe our proceedings or join our organisation; also forward on to any other Greek you may think is interested in doing so.
Please note that all proceedings are in Greek, although efforts are usually made to accommodate guests who only speak English.
Please arrive on time for a prompt start.Read More
On Tuesday 10th February, the McCrum lecture theatre on Bene’t Street hosted a packed evening talk to discuss the implications for Europe of the radical left Syriza party’s victory in the recent Greek elections. Greece held elections in late January after the previous coalition government failed to win enough parliamentary support to elect the country’s president. In the national elections that ensued, Syriza topped the poll on a wave of popular support in response to their firm stance against the austerity measures imposed by the Troika of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. These measures have caused widespread social upheaval in a society where unemployment stands at 25% and infant mortality figures have risen sharply.
Stathis Kouvelakis, a Reader in Political Theory at King’s College London and a member of Syriza’s Central Committee, was joined by Theopi Skarlatos, a BBC journalist and film-maker. Skarlatos introduced her film, ‘Greece: The End of Austerity?’, which was screened in the McCrum theatre to an audience of 150 or so students, lecturers, local trade unionists and representatives of Syriza’s UK sister-party Left Unity. The film follows Syriza candidates on the campaign trail in the run-up to the elections.
Kouvelakis offered a wide-ranging account of the reasons for Syriza’s victory and the challenges that will face the new government as it seeks to chart a new course for the Mediterranean nation. Against the Delphic pronouncements of market analysts and European technocrats, Syriza’s popular support, which has leapt to 75% since the election, is rooted in wide layers of the Greek people, who are exhausted by years of punishing austerity and subjection to the demands of the Troika. Since coming into office, the Syriza government has already announced its intention to reverse the planned privatisations of a number of key industries, as well as the re-opening of the national broadcaster, ERT, and the re-hiring of sacked cleaners at the Finance Ministry. The government has also sold off its fleet of parliamentary limousines – an unnecessary luxury – and the security railings in front of the Greek parliament have been removed – a sign of the government’s widespread popularity.
As negotiations continue with Greece’s creditors, particularly Germany, an unlikely phenomenon is taking place: pro-government rallies have taken place in some of Greece’s major cities, including Athens and Thessaloniki. Similar demonstrations are planned in Amsterdam, Edinburgh, London and Brussels in the coming days. In its determined attempt to break Greece’s debt-deflationary cycle, the left-wing government has won plaudits at home whilst infuriating many of the EU technocrats in Brussels, who want Syriza to give up its radical, anti-austerity programme. Responding to Kouvelakis, Greek audience members reported that conversations with family and friends back home had given the impression that many Greeks will continue to support Syriza, even if it fails to achieve a debt reduction in negotiations, which may, in turn, force it to default on its debt, exit the Euro and return to the drachma. Unless Greece’s creditors offer a relaxation of the belt-tightening conditions attached to their bailout – whereby new debt is taken on to pay off old debts, keeping Greece locked into an unsustainable cycle of economic contraction and retrenchment – Syriza’s preferred option may be to call the EU’s neoliberal, monetarist bluff. Greece is now a country where the third largest parliamentary party is an openly Nazi party, so the German government should know better than anyone that they are playing with fire, and yet it is the German government that is the most unbending in its demand that Greece stick to the EU-imposed bailout package, which most leading economists acknowledge is unworkable and which Syriza has an electoral mandate to oppose. Kouvelakis, meanwhile, concluded his talk by urging people to join the demonstration, Let Greece Breathe, taking place in Trafalgar Square at 1pm on Sunday 15th February.Read More
Keep the evening of Tuesday 20 January free for a public discussion on, and presentation of, SYRIZA’s government programme and the perspectives of the European Left.
Speakers: Stathis Kouvelakis (Syriza Central Committee member), Andrew Burgin (Left Unity), Andrea Pisauro (‘Altra Europa con Tsipras’), Tina Caballero (Podemos), along with a representative from Front de Gauche.
This is being held from 19.00 onwards in the ‘Diskus’ amphitheatre at the basement of the offices of Unite, the Union, on 128, Theobald’s Rd., London (nearest tubes: Holborn, Russell Sq., and Chancery Lane)
All welcome, particularly members of London’s Greek ex-pat community. Please distribute widely.Read More
Six years ago, on 6 December 2008, 15-year old Alexis Grigoropoulos was murdered by policeman Epaninondas Korkoneas.
Six years later, on 10 November 2014, Alexis’s friend and witness of his murder, Nikos Romanos begun a hunger strike to defend his legitimate right to special educational leave from prison, which is being denied to him by the Greek state.
Nikos Romanos’s life is hanging by a thread.
On 6 December 2014, we demonstrate in memory of Alexis’s murder and in solidarity with Nikos Romanos at 15.30 in Trafalgar Square, London.Read More
please note the next SYRIZA London members’ general assembly shall be held this Thursday 30/10 at 18.30 at the main offices of Unite, the Union, 128 Theobald’s Rd, WC1X, London, in the ‘Diskus’ room (basement level).
Do come along if you are a Greek in London who would like to observe our proceedings or join our organisation; also forward on to any other Greek you may think is interested in doing so. All proceedings are in Greek.
Please arrive on time for a prompt start.Read More
Syriza London members’ monthly general assembly meeting resumes on Thursday 16 October 2014 at 18.30. The event shall be at the main offices of ‘Unite, the Union’, 128 Theobalds Rd, London (ground floor, room 3). Nearest tubes: Holborn, Russell Sq, and Chancery Lane. Also, many bus routes service the area.
The proposed agenda includes organisational issues such as the need for a coordinating committee, and future public events.
All welcome to attend to observe proceedings. Please pass this info on to anybody you think may be interested in our organisation.
Also, anyone interested in joining our party could fill in a short form and join on the day.
Please be punctual to ensure a prompt start of proceedings.
Come along to the Syriza London members’ general assembly on Sunday 28 September 2014 starting at 14.00 and slated to last till 18.00.
Please note all proceedings are in Greek. This meeting is open to anyone interested in observing our discussions and in joining Syriza London. Do publicise this with anyone you think might be interested.