KKE Has Best Election Results Since the Fall of the Dictatorship November 10, 2010Posted by Garibaldy in Communism, Greece, KKE.
So there were local government elections in Greece on November 7th. The KKE performed extremely well, taking 10.9% of the vote – up nearly 2.5% since last year’s parliamentary elections. Its highest vote in a single region was just under 16%, and the lowest it took in a single region was 6.8%. This represents the best result for the KKE in an election since the military junta collapsed in 1974. It’s an excellent result, and demonstrates the extent to which the KKE’s leading role in the protests against the austerity measures has won it increased support among the Greek working class in all areas of the country.
The General Secretary of the KKE, Aleka Papariga remaked that
It is correct when the commentators say that the KKE is the only political force which had a significant increase in the elections at a local and regional level.
She also described the increased vote for the KKE as the result of the Greek Communists calling on the people to use the local elections to send a message about national political and economic issues.
We called on the people to vote against PASOK and ND because of their deeds over the last 20 years and undoubtedly amongst these we must include the “memorandum”, the barbaric measures that have been taken, and those that will be taken from now on. We called on the people to rally, to struggle, to counterattack in order to tackle their urgent problems and also to create the preconditions of a more general overturning of these policies-a radical change in the balance of forces at a political level.
Although this is a fine result, Comrade Papariga stressed the importance of continued hard work
We understand that we must combat our own weaknesses in order to do what is most important: to contribute to popular unity, to the rallying of the people, to the organization of the people’s struggle on a daily basis so that we can avert the worst and also so that we can create the preconditions for this election result to liberate the dynamism of the people, so that we may see better days in our country.
It seems to me that the basis for the KKE’s current success was laid in the 1990s. The wave of anger and resistance that fuelled the anti-capitalist movement in many parts of the world left very little behind it. In Greece though, much of that wave was channelled into KNE (Greek Communist Youth) and the KKE (before anyone has an aneuryism, I looked for the results of other left groups discussed here previously and couldn’t find them on the websites of SYRIZIA or the CWI, so I’ve no idea how they did. It seems clear anyway that the KKE is the leading force on the Greek left both in parliamentary and extra-parliamentary politics). The result for today has been that when the crisis came there existed a militant, well-organised and well-disciplined party capable of leading the fightback. It also seems likely that those recruited into the KKE in recent years will similarly form the backbone of further progress in the decades to come.
The KKE is undoubtedly having a real impact on the class struggle and on class consciousness in Greece. We have seen the KKE take the leading role in mobilising the working class time and again, not just on the streets, but also politically. The success of the KKE in growing its influence among the working class gives the lie to those who argue that socialism can no longer prove attractive if we can involve ourselves in the lives of the people, and offer the right policies and the right analysis, with the right amount of principled militancy.
UPDATE: KKE ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS