Griekenland: ‘Burdened with debt’ - Interview met TPTG

Dit is een interview met de Griekse anti-autoritair/libertair communistische groep Ta Paidia Tis Galarias (‘Kinderen van de gallerij’) over de crisis, de situatie in Griekenland en de klassenstrijd tegen de bezuinigingsmaatregelen en werpt een heldere blik op wat er daar de afgelopen tijd speelt vanuit een revolutionair perspectief.

Het interview werd origineel afgenomen door Juraj Katalenac en verscheen in het Kroatische actualiteiten- en literaire blad Zarez (‘Komma’), vergelijkbaar qua inhoud en politieke oriëntatie met De Groene Amsterdammer.

Interview with TPTG: Class struggles in Greece


Interview with Greek anti-authoritarian communist collective TPTG about crisis of capitalism and its reflections on Greece and class struggle of proletariat against austerity measures. Interview was made before elections in Greece, but we discuss Left and their actions. Also, first two answers are taken from their article Burdened with Debt Reloaded.

[b]In 2010 you’ve published an article Burdened with Debt which you have presented in summer camp. In this article you’ve wrote about the way in which the crisis of capitalism is reflected in Greece, i.e.

Burdened with debt reloaded: The politics of devaluation - TPTG

Clashes in Syntagma Square on February 12, 2012 in Athens

Greek communists TPTG take another detailed look at the impact of austerity measures in the country, the devaluation of capital and the attack on the power of the working class.

In Greece, the initial austerity measures developed into a full blown shock policy of devaluation of capital, which has deepened the recession and increased public debt.

Open Letter from TPTG

This piece was published by Greek group TPTG. A response is here. Personal details have been removed in line with out posting guidelines, which do not allow untrue allegations or the revealing of confidential personal information. We reproduce it for reference only.

Dear comrades,

Notes Préliminaires Pour Un Compte Rendu Du "Mouvement Des Assemblées Populaires" En Grèce

un changement des batteries

Le mouvement des assemblées dans les places a commencé complètement inopinément le 25 mai [2011] à Athènes. Il est peu clair qui était le groupe de personnes initial qui a pris à l'initiative d’envoyer un appel pour un rassemblement dans la place Syntagma sur Facebook pour exprimer son "indignation" et sa colère face aux mesures d'austérité du gouvernement. Il semble cependant que quelques personnes autour d'un groupe politique influencé par l'idéologie démocratique de Castoriadis aient été impliquées parmi d'autres dans cette initiative.

Les mass media lui ont fait une publicité favorable et, pendant les premiers jours, on a pu voir une référence dans les médias à une bannière vue dans les mobilisations espagnoles : "Chut, ne criez pas, nous allons réveiller les Grecs" ou quelque chose comme ça. Naturellement, personne ne pouvait imaginer la suite.

Preliminary notes towards an account of the "movement of popular assemblies" - TPTG

No kettle, no snare: assault & battery, Syntagma Square.

The movement of the assemblies in the squares started completely unexpectedly on the 25th of May in Athens. It’s unclear which was the initial group of people that took the initiative to post a call for a rally in Syntagma square on Facebook to express their “indignation” and anger at the government’s austerity measures. It seems though that some people around a political group influenced by the later Castoriadis’ democratic ideology were involved among others in that initiative.

The call was publicized favourably by the mass media and during the first days there was a reference in the media to a banner that allegedly appeared in the Spanish mobilizations: “Shhh, do not shout, we will wake up the Greeks” or something like that. Of course, no one could expect what would follow.

Burdened with debt: "Debt crisis" and class struggles in Greece - TPTG

TPTG analyse the crisis in Greece and how it is influencing capitalist restructuring, and how the working class is responding to the resulting austerity measures.

Greece has been located at the heart of the continuing global capitalist crisis during the last months.

If you want peace, prepare for class war - TPTG

Amidst the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, TPTG analyse and explain the roots of the conflict and give an account of the original "Balkanisation" of the Balkans.

Days of June '98: days of class struggle in Greece - TPTG

Greek communist group TPTG on the militant movement against a new education law 2525, with new proposed examinations for teachers in Greece in 1998.

Greece unrest: Merry Christmas!

A Christmas message from some Greek participants in the December 2008 uprising.

“No one has the right to use this tragic incident as an alibi for brutalities”.

- Statement by prime minister K. Karamanlis, one of these days

“There is no question of 'violence'; there is just a side being attacked during a war already in progress and thus the question of the means sufficient for victory”.