I Apologize to the Greek People for Collaborating in This Illusion

ATHENS, GREECE - FEBRUARY 10: A citizen passes by graffiti against the IMF on February 10, 2015 in Athens, Greece. The new Gr
ATHENS, GREECE - FEBRUARY 10: A citizen passes by graffiti against the IMF on February 10, 2015 in Athens, Greece. The new Greek anti-austerity government is seeking a renegotiation of its 240 billion euro (270 billion dollar) bailout. Time is running out for both Athens and its international creditors to reach a deal with Greece's bailout agreement with the eurozone set to expire on February 28. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

BRUSSELS -- The fact that the Troika has been renamed "the Institutions," the Memorandum has been renamed the "Agreement" and the creditors have been renamed the "partners" -- in the same manner as renaming meat as fish -- does not change the previous situation.

You can't change the vote of the Greek people in the election of Jan. 25.

The Greek people voted for what Syriza promised: that we abolish the regime of austerity, which is the strategy not only of the oligarchies of Germany and the other creditor countries but also of the Greek oligarchy; that we abrogate the Memorandum and the Troika and all the austerity legislation; that the next day, with one law, we abolish the Troika and its consequences.

A month has passed and this promise has yet to become action.

It is a pity indeed.

From my part, I apologize to the Greek people for having assisted in this illusion.

Before we continue in the wrong direction, before it's too late, let's react.

Above all, the members, the friends and supporters of Syriza, in urgent meetings at all levels of the organization, have to decide if they accept this situation.

Some people say that in an agreement you also have to make some concessions. But as a matter of principle, between the oppressor and the oppressed there can be no compromise, as there can be no compromise between the slave and the tyrant. Freedom is the only solution.

But even if we accept this absurdity, the concessions that have already been made by the previous pro-Memoranda governments, bringing unemployment, austerity, poverty and suicides, have taken this country beyond the limits of retreat.

Manolis Glezos is a member of the European Parliament for Syriza.

The original article "Πριν Είναι Αργά" was published on the Κίνηση Ενεργοί Πολίτες (Active Citizens Movement) website. This piece was translated by Panagiotis Sotiris.

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