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Greece’s Former President of Parliament on Why Syriza Party Broke Its Pledge to the People*

Greece’s Former President of Parliament on Why Syriza Party Broke Its Pledge to the People*

“They are trying to bury us. But they forget when you bury a seed it is only going to flourish,” says the former President of the Hellenic Parliament, Zoe Konstantopoulou, who was a central figure in the Syriza party’s fight against austerity that vaulted Greece into global headlines earlier this year.

Syriza won the January elections on a mandate to challenge the country’s debt and austerity measures that are choking its society. As President of the Parliament, Konstantopoulou formed the Truth Committee on Public Debt, and in mid-June the committee found Greece’s debt to be “illegal, illegitimate, and odious,” providing the legal framework for the nation to reject austerity.

But this tool to reject austerity was not used, and in July, Syriza broke its promise to the Greek people. The party accepted a further memorandum that increased the loans from their European creditors and enforced even deeper austerity cuts. After this capitulation, Konstantopoulou along with many others abandoned the party. The new parliamentary president has since stopped the debt committees’ work in Parliament.

Konstantopoulou spoke recently on a panel discussion in Barcelona, organized by Debt Observatory in Globalization (ODG) and Citizens’ Debt Audit Platform (PACD), which was held during a weeklong convergence of local and international debt campaigners and activists.

During the week, she also spoke to Occupy.com about Syriza’s capitulation, and about how the debt audit committee’s work still provides a key tool to end austerity.

“The Truth Committee created the first official parliamentary report in Europe, unveiling the creditors’ responsibility for the Greek disaster and how they profited. It also showed they knew since the first memorandum [bailout] that the debt was unsustainable,” she told Occupy.com.

The report also revealed that German and French governments made deals with IMF officials to protect the private banks of the two countries, which were holding Greek bonds. The vast majority of the Greek bailout went to private banks.

“The debt repayment system represents a blunt attack on democracy and the most fundamental human rights and freedoms,” said Konstantopoulou, who explained how Syriza’s “government team” used shock to drive austerity measures suddenly forward, rather than backward. (By “government team,” she means Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his senior members who also broke their anti-austerity electoral pledge.)

“Greek people have faced a multi-faceted experiment. The doctrine of shock was implemented in different and unprecedented ways. The last shock was that the government they elected in order to end austerity went on to undersign the worst memorandum ever,” she said.

Konstantopoulou says that since Tsipras signed the third memorandum – which green-lighted further austerity measures despite the Greek public’s resounding rejection of those measures in a nationwide referendum – the mass exodus of members from his party included a third of the MPs, half the central committee and most of the Syriza youth.

I asked Konstantopoulou at what point she realized Tsipras had capitulated.

“Speaking for myself, I firstly thought he would challenge austerity and not go for a new memorandum, even though since the beginning there have been discernible voices within the party talking about a ‘noble deal,’” she says, and “when the referendum [to accept the bailout or not] was announced, I mistakenly thought my predictions were right.”

The referendum was held on July 5, and 61% of Greeks voted “Oxi” – “No” – presenting a clear democratic mandate to reject any further austerity measures.

But later that month, on July 30, Syriza held a central committee meeting where, Konstantopoulou said, Tsipras requested a “blank cheque” to capitulate to creditors. He also started launching personal attacks on those who opposed austerity, which clarified her suspicions further.

“I realized that Tsipras was a complete betrayal on the 30th of July, [when] I got a full idea that he was not bending under pressure, but was trying to make it look like he was making efforts to reject austerity,” said Konstantopoulou, adding that she thought Tsipras probably cut a deal with the creditors to accept a bailout even before becoming Prime Minister.

Less than three weeks later, Tsipras resigned, in effect calling snap elections for September 20. Konstantopoulou and other anti-austerity MPs quickly formed Popular Unity, an anti-austerity party – something that had to be done so quickly, she said, that many Greeks did not even know about it.

People in Konstantopoulou’s constituency told her on election night that they were looking for her name on the Syriza list, and that they did not fully grasp then what Syriza was doing.

When Konstantopoulou handed over her position as Parliamentary president a few weeks after the election, it gave the Debt Truth Commission the opportunity to meet at the end of September, as scheduled.

“The committee examined the third memorandum and it found this new debt to also be illegitimate, illegal, unsustainable and odious,” Konstantopoulou said at a panel discussion at the time.

The second report can also be found online.

Debt Audits

The overriding message at the Barcelona conference was that debt audits are a powerful tool to challenge debt, to uncover corruption and reclaim democracy from the grip of finance. Debt audits have been successful in challenging odious, illegal or unsustainable debts in the Third World, and similar processes are underway across Spain and throughout Europe from Ukraine to the U.K.

Speaking about the Greek Debt Audit, Konstantopoulou continued:

“Our next steps are to give the committee a formal legal status in Greek law, and to explore the ways that can make the committee operative and permit its work. What is extremely positive is that we have a lot of allies within Greek society that are extremely thirsty to learn of the committee’s work.”

Building public awareness and getting social movements behind a debt audit is as crucial as the research, she said. Between February 20 and June 25, Greece’s social movements were confused with the mixed messages coming from Syriza; according to Konstantopoulou, the public had been deactivated by Tspiras and the government team, rather than employed as a crucial tool to challenge austerity.

Looking ahead, she said the country’s social movements are once more escalating as people start to understand the government’s real agenda – not least as it recently launched a raft of extraordinary measures that include cutting pensions, increasing privatization and making it easier for banks to seize homes. Greece recently saw a general strike, on November 12, and other mass protests including student demonstrations on November 17.

“There is mobilization. People are also looking at ways to defend themselves, to ally with social movements and political initiatives,” Konstantopoulou said.

“I would say we are in a new era where little by little but in a decisive way the social movements are being reconstructed.”

Source*

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How German and French Banks Helped Bankrupt Greece*

Troika Plotting ‘Regime Change’ in Greece*

Europe’s Vindictive Privatization Plan for Greece*

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Secret Archive: Jack the Ripper Was a Freemason Committing Ritualistic Murders along with Royals and the Elite*

Secret Archive: Jack the Ripper Was a Freemason Committing Ritualistic Murders along with Royals and the Elite*

The release of secret archive reveals that the British elite was overwhelmingly Masonic and that Jack the Ripper was protected by the Masonic police force.

Ancestry recently made public a secret archive containing the names of over two million British Freemasons from 1733 to 1923. The list “reveals the extent of Masonic influence in the upper reaches of society at the height of Britain’s imperial grandeur”. It also includes the name of who is thought to be Jack the Ripper.

According to new records, Jack the Ripper was an obscure singer whose identity was shielded by fellow Masons. His murders were intricately planned Masonic rituals.

“In the book They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper, Robinson argues that all of the Ripper killings bore the stamp of Masonic ritual; the symbol of a pair of compasses carved into the face of Catherine Eddowes, the removal of meal buttons and coins from the bodies of Eddowes and Annie Chapman and the cryptic graffiti daubed on a wall in Goulston Street, which he says was “the most flagrant clue of all.”

The new archives prove for the first time that singer Maybrick and his brother James were both masons.
– The Telegraph, Was Titanic inquiry scuppered by the Freemasons?

The infamous Goulston Street Graffito: “The Juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing”

 

This new information proves what occult researchers have been claiming for decades:  Jack the Ripper’s murders were Masonic blood rituals.

“This new information proves what occult researchers have been claiming for decades:  Jack the Ripper’s murders were Masonic blood rituals.”

As it is the case for many ritualistic “unsolved” mysteries, the true identity of Jack the Ripper was concealed by an overwhelmingly Masonic police force and government.

“And they reveal that Freemasons were in prominent positions in the Scotland Yard inquiry including the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Charles Warren and the colleague he appointed to be his “eyes and ears” on the case, Chief Inspector Donald Swanson.

Two coroners who ruled on the murders, Wynne Baxter and Henry Crawford and at least three of the police doctors who examined the bodies were also members of the masons.

Maybrick, who was on the Supreme Grand Council of Freemasons, travelled the country as a performer.

“His entry in the carefully handwritten records, describes him as a “vocalist” and states that he was a member of the St Andrew’s Lodge from 1863 until 1887 – meaning he left just a year before the nine-week period in 1888 when five women were murdered in the East End of London, one of the biggest unsolved crimes in British history.

Sir Charles is said to have been a senior member of the Masonic society. He was a founder member of the Quatuor Coronati lodge, and an authority on Freemasonic history and ritual.

Robinson told the Telegraph: “It was endemic in the way England ran itself. At the time of Jack the Ripper, there were something like 360 Tory MPs, 330 of which I can identify as Masons.

“The whole of the ruling class was Masonic, from the heir to the throne down. It was part of being in the club.

‘Part of the whole ethic of Freemasonry is whatever it is, however it’s done, you protect the brotherhood – and that’s what happened.

“They weren’t protecting Jack the Ripper, they were protecting the system that Jack the Ripper was threatening. And to protect the system, they had to protect him. And the Ripper knew it.”
– Op. Cit. The Telegraph

A Masonic Elite

The archive also reveals the extent of Masonic influence in all fields of society, including Monarchs Edward VII, Edward VIII and George VI.

While the individual Masonic connections of some of those included – such as Sir Winston Churchill and Edward VIII – are well known, the records from 1733 to 1923 offer the first comprehensive view of the reach of freemasonry over the age of Empire.

On the military field, those listed range from the Duke of Wellington to Lord Kitchener. In the arts it includes writers such as Oscar Wilde and Rudyard Kipling; the actor Sir Henry Irving while names from the musical world include both Gilbert and Sullivan.

The explorers Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott also feature while scientists listed range from Edward Jenner, the pioneer of vaccines, to Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin.

In the world of charity and social reform Dr Thomas Barnardo is among those listed while businessmen include Harry Selfridge while Thomas Telford heads a list of thousands of engineers who ensured Britain’s industrial dominance.

In addition to Edward VIII, monarchs present include Edward VII and George VI.

While most of the entries simply include names, lodges and initiation dates, of the smaller number which specify professions there are 5,500 police officers of different varieties, thousands more military figures, 170 judges, 169 MPs, 16 bishops and at least one Indian prince.
– Ibid.

All royal events, including coronations and royal weddings, take place in Westminster Abbey, on a Masonic checkerboard pattern floor.

The all-important checkerboard floor inside a Masonic lodge. It is on this dualistic pattern that take place transformative rituals.

Although the data of this archive stops at 1923, things did not change. The occult elite is, more than ever, an occult elite.

Source*

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Mass Arrests, Resignations & Retirements of the Elite*

Moroccans Say No Royal Pardon for Spanish Elite Paedophile Network*

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Fears of a British Policed State Rising Midst the Elite Paedophile Scourge*

The Elite’s Cultural Marxist Agenda

British Airstrike Kills 20 Civilians in Hasaka*

British Airstrike Kills 20 Civilians in Hasaka*

Twenty civilians were killed in a U.S. airstrike on Syria’s Northeastern Hasaka province following another U.S. air raid on the Syrian army base in Southeastern Deir Ezzur province that killed several soldiers earlier today. (British planes have been identified as responsible for the Syrian army raid and may well have done this one also.)

The U.S. -led airstrikes hit al-Khan near al-Hawl town in Hasakah, killing 20 civilians and injuring 30 others.

Earlier this morning, four U.S.-led coalition warplanes targeted the Syrian army camp with 9 rockets, claiming the lives of 4 soldiers and injuring 16 others.

Both dissidents and government sources confirmed early on Monday that the U.S. warplanes struck the military camp of the Syrian army’s 137th Artillery Brigade (17th Reserve Division) in the Southern part of ‘Ayyash’ village, killing 4 soldiers instantly and wounding 16 more. Six of the wounded soldiers are in critical condition.

They further added that the ISIL terrorists stormed the bombed camp a few hours after the air attack.

The Syrian army’s 137th Brigade has been protecting the civilians in ‘Ayyash’ from the swarming ISIL fighters that are attempting to break into the provincial capital of the Deir Ezzur province from the Northern side; this airstrike only boosted the ISIL positions inside this village and the nearby broadcast tower.

The sources further added that the ISIL launched an offensive against the government forces’ positions in Ayyash village 10 kilometers Northwest of Deir Ezzur city.

The Syrian army and its allies have gained upper hand in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur in the recent weeks, after new recruits of popular forces joined the army and won back new lands across the province , and meantime fended off the ISIL attacks on their positions, mainly the Deir Ezzur airbase.

Source*

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Iraq Demands ‘Immediate’ Withdrawal of Turkish Forces from Its Territory*

The Syrian oil fields targeted in U.K. airstrikes were already “obliterated” by Russia*

Russian Missiles Kill 600+ ISIS Members in One Strike*

Putin Reveals ISIS Funded by 40 Countries, Including G20 Members*

Britain Continues Illegally Bombing Syria*

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