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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-01-11

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  • [01] SYRIZA's Tsipras speaks of a 'growing victorious wave'
  • [02] KKE addresses to everyone who does not want to compromise with misery and defeatism, party sec gen Koutsoumbas says

  • [01] SYRIZA's Tsipras speaks of a 'growing victorious wave'

    SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras on Sunday spoke of a "growing victorious wave" during his speech in Kalamata, Peloponnese.

    Tsipras lashed out at Prime Minister Antonis Samaras saying that "he has resorted to fake pre-election promises" and added that he has been isolated in Europe as he cannot persuade anyone with his silly intimidation on Grexit.

    He also accused Samaras of having invested in three things: deposits outflow, Grexit and unsustainable debt. All of which were not only directed against SYRIZA, as he said, but against the economy and the country with the view to undermine the country's credibility.

    However, Tsipras noted, these have come to an end thanks to European institutional officials, European governments, the international press and top economists all over the world. "And it is only Mr Samaras of the black propaganda, along with the darkest European perpetrators of austerity, that insist on the fairytale with the dragons. And he is unable to understand what all Greeks have well understood. That 2015 is not like 2012," he pointed out.

    Tsipras reiterated that SYRIZA is aiming at a majority government, clearing out, however, that this is not a selfish target. This majority government will reflect the democracy, the people's will and the power to negotiate debt with the country's lenders.

    He pledged that unlike other parties in the past, SYRIZA is determined to share responsibilities. It will place people in the government and key positions based on their efficiency, honesty and selflessness, he said.

    "On January 26 there will be a government of social salvation and recovery, a government of all Greeks," Tsipras stressed.

    Moreover, he reiterated some points of the party's programme, such as the implementation of a National Agricultural Policy and the return of tax-free threshold, he guaranteed the pension of farmers and pledged that he will support all young farmers though the investment bank, adding that no first home foreclosure will take place and no home will pass in banker's hands.

    Tsipras lashed out at Samaras on his stance to the terrorist attacks in Paris, accusing him of using this drama for the purpose of his own propaganda and strongly condemned these murderous acts while expressing his strong support to the French people.

    [02] KKE addresses to everyone who does not want to compromise with misery and defeatism, party sec gen Koutsoumbas says

    "The communist party KKE addresses to every young person, worker, pensioner and to everyone who does not want to compromise with the misery and the defeatism and calls on them to vote for KKE," the party secretary general Dimitris Koutsoumbas on Sunday said during his speech at an event for the party's 96 year anniversary since its foundation and ahead of the national elections on January 25.

    He underlined that whatever party wins the elections, it will move on the same course of the EU strategy, the profitability of monopolies, the capitalistic path of growth.

    "This government will be - either we like it or not - an anti-popular government because it will implement the EU commitments. It will be a government that will negotiate the debt because it considers it a debt of the people, of the country, it will be a government that will support the interests of the large business groups," he added.

    Koutsoumbas underlined that no government will restore the income losses and the social acquis of the working class, adding that unemployment, poverty and insecurity will be present.

    Referring to rumours that KKE will be forced to give a tolerance vote to a SYRIZA government, he stressed that "a culprit asks for tolerance".

    "SYRIZA members are asking for the people's tolerance because some already know and some others suspect what it is about to come, what their real agenda is, if the evolutionary pre-election crowns and big words - slogans are removed" he noted.

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