In this year, special conditions, due to the spread of the pandemic, the racing – Polytechnic's rebellious message acquires modern content in our people's struggle for health protection, of life and its rights. The celebration of the Polytechnic, with all the necessary measures to protect public health, is a continuation of the battles waged by the working class – popular movement - and within the pandemic- because the matches are not even postponed, nor are they prohibited, whatever authoritarian bans the government imposes.
The heroic uprising of the Polytechnic was the culmination of the anti-dictatorship struggle of the people and the youth. It was also the “beginning of the end” of the junta of the colonels established on 21 April 1967.
The KKE pays tribute to the fighters who stood up against the military dictatorship, were tested in the horror of torture, of exile, of prisons, prosecutions and military courts, to the young men and women of the Anti-EFEE.
The KKE is proud of the members and executives of the Party and the KNE, who led the militant popular uprising, who acted in the harsh conditions of the illegality and persecution of the junta. The reorganization of its Party Organizations and the establishment of the KNE, the 1968, contributed decisively to the anti-dictatorship struggle.
The imposition of military dictatorship, the 1967, served “by fire and iron” the interests of the bourgeoisie to the detriment of the people. Implement the US and NATO imperialist plans, culminating in the coup in Cyprus, which led to the Turkish invasion and occupation. It turns out that the character of bourgeois power, as a dictatorship of capital, takes various forms to serve its interests. Such a form was the dictatorship, καθ’ all seven years ’67 -’74.
A key feature and official ideology of the junta was anti-communism, hatred for the KKE and the labor movement. The experience of the seven-year dictatorship proves that anti-communism always goes hand in hand – hand with the most total attack on the collective, working, educational rights and civil liberties. The junta was a corrupt regime, who tortured, exiled, killed communists and other militants.
The slogans “The USA is out”, “Out of NATO”, which dominated the gates of the Polytechnic in the days of the uprising, every year they acquire more and more importance and topicality, as developments in our region become more and more dangerous. The policy of geopolitical upgrade, with which the government of ND agrees, SYRIZA and KINAL / PASOK, concerns only the upgrading of the interests of the ruling class of the country and not of the people. The transformation of Greece into a geopolitical one, economic and military “hinge” of the US and NATO, not only does it not guarantee security for our people, but foretells tragedies and adventures for the peace and sovereignty of the country. The change of government in the USA, with the defeat of the reactionary and repulsive Trump administration and the rise of Biden, does not signal US braking on Turkish aggression. The consistent and declared goal of the US for the cohesion of the NATO camp does not eliminate its contradictions, while launching new arrangements in the region of the Aegean and the East. Mediterranean at the expense of the sovereign rights of the country.
The compass of the government is the interests of the wealth oligarchy, outside and inside borders. The battle of the pandemic is already having tragic consequences, with hundreds of human losses, after the government left the public health system unprotected, without the necessary recruitments, without the necessary infrastructure.
The government instead of now ordering the private health sector without compensation, subsidizes – with the support of SYRIZA and KINAL – the “crows” of private health who continue to hoard at the expense of public health.
The government in the name of budgetary costs refuses to actually take, integrated protection measures in the workplace and education, in MMMs that have been shown to be coronavirus dispersants.
The collapse of the public health system marks the bankruptcy of long-standing EU policy – governments that treat the health of the people as “cost” and “merchandise”. The supposedly harmonious coexistence of the public and the private sector goes bankrupt, since at the same time that public hospitals are blocked and converted into hospitals “of a disease”, private hospitals treasure.
This year's celebration of the Polytechnic will be different, but he will be competitive. Responding to the insidious attempt by the government to burden the labor force – popular movement responsibilities for the spread of the virus. The problem is not the course of the pandemic, but especially and specifically the march to the American embassy. After all, they have expressed this desire “several” for years. Continuing the battle to isolate the nostalgia of the junta, the various fascists, those who pour the poison of racism, of anti-communism, of fascism.
The uprising of the Polytechnic, the whole anti-dictatorship struggle of the people and the youth, the slogans and demands of the labor movement did not find their justification with the transition from’ the military dictatorship in bourgeois parliamentary democracy, in July 1974. The post-colonial period, of the so-called “best democracy in Greece”, did not provide a substantive and definitive solution to labor – popular problems, despite the conquests of the workers, achieved in conditions where the correlation in the class struggle and the existence of the socialist system helped in such a direction.
It turns out, Nevertheless, that any conquests and concessions to capitalism are temporary. The crises, the poverty, authoritarianism, wars will exist as long as power is in the hands of the capitalists, as long as Greece is a prisoner of imperialist organizations, NATO and the EU.
Political parties, regardless of their ideological definition, who chose to manage the rotten exploitation system and its laws, inevitably followed an anti-popular government policy. What is needed today for a real way out for the benefit of the people, is the formation of a victorious social alliance, who will fight against monopolies, in imperialist unions, in the outdated capitalist system itself, aiming at socialism. This struggle may repel anti-popular measures, to extract conquests, to defend democratic rights and freedoms for the people.