[Marxism] Greece: Election campaign marked by lies and blackmail
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Wed May 2 01:40:53 MDT 2012
The people of Greece will go to the polls on May 6 to replace the unelected
government of Prime Minister Lucas Papademos imposed by the Greek and
European elites on November 10.
Afrodity Giannakis, Thessaloniki
The government and the troika have made no secret of their wish to postpone
elections indefinitely. They called for elections because of the huge
unpopularity of the undemocratically imposed government.
By holding elections, they hope to defuse the situation, as ND leader
Antonis Samaras admitted publicly. They also aim at to legitimise their
brutal policies by stealing the vote of electors in Greece.
Not surprisingly, the political parties responsible for this disaster are
polling poorly. The final pre-election predictions of four different
polling groups show PASOK has risen in support to 14.5%-19%, after plunging
to about 8% a few months ago.
ND is ahead of PASOK with 19%-25,5%. LAOS is polling 3.5%-4%.
A great percentage of the intended vote goes to the left. The Coalition of
the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) come very
close with 7.5%-12% and 8%-11% respectively. Democratic Left, a split from
SYRIZA, has polled 5.5%-9%.
About 20% of the voters were either undecided or would not reveal their
The rest of the intended vote is diffused between other parties. There is a
total of 32 parties contesting the poll, most of which sprang up as
alternatives to the discredited pro-memorandum forces. Some were set up by
expelled members of PASOK and ND.
Up to 10 parties are expected to reach the 3% threshold needed to be voted
into parliament. The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn (CA) is expected to exceed the
threshold with an estimated 4.5%-5%.
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
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