GREEK ELECTION RESULT SHOULD PROMPT A NEW PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN TO REPUDIATE IRELAND’S ODIOUS DEBT – STARTING WITH JANUARY 31ST NATIONWIDE WATER PROTESTS

In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD for the People Before Profit Alliance has described the victory of the left-wing Syriza party in Greece’s general election as a “victory for all the victims of austerity in Europe.”

2015/01/img_0433.jpgDeputy Boyd Barrett said Syriza’s electoral success should now prompt “a new campaign to repudiate the odious debts of banks and bondholders imposed on the ordinary citizens of Ireland.”

Deputy Boyd Barrett said that following Syiza’s victory, the nationwide protests planned against water charges next Saturday January 31st offered an opportunity for the Irish people to join the people of Greece in demanding a cancellation of debt and an end to the failed polices of austerity.

He called on the Irish public to turn out in massive numbers on the streets of villages, towns and cities next Saturday to join with Syriza in demanding debt relief an end to austerity.

Richard Boyd Barrett said: “Syriza’s victory is a victory for all the victims of austerity across Europe. After six years of cruel and unjust austerity, the people of Greece have led the way in Europe saying: “enough is enough.”

Syriza and the people of Greece have exposed the utter bankruptcy of the Fine Gael/Labour Party’s pathetic submission to the dictates of the ECB and the international markets.

The “best boy in the class” routine of Fine Gael and Labour has brought nothing but misery onto the shoulders of the Irish people and the election result in Greece is the signal to abandon that failed policy and demand the cancellation Ireland odious debts and an end to the failed, unjust and stupid policy of austerity.

“While Enda Kenny hob-knobbed in Davos this week with the very people who inflicted such misery on the people of this country and Europe, the Greek people have shown us that our real allies are the ordinary citizens of Europe and that we need a European-wide movement of people power to demand debt relief and an end to austerity.

We must now show our solidarity with the people of Greece and millions of victims of austerity across Europe by taking to the streets next Saturday to demand not just the scrapping of water charges but the cancellation of odious debt in this country and across Europe and the abandonment of cruel and unfair polices of austerity.