Cayo Lara encourages the 33 organizations that participate in the Congress of the el to work together “against the savage capitalism" so “we can talk some day about the tomb of the Troika"
The federal coordinator of the Spanish United Left (IU) as responsible of the host organization of the conclave of the Party of the European Left makes a clear call for the unity of all alternative left against the "common enemy", the economic right forces.
(Madrid, December 13 2013) – The federal coordinator of the Spanish United Left, Cayo Lara, began his today’s welcoming speech as responsible for the host organization on the Plenary of the 4th Congress of the Party of the European Left (EL) using an updated version of the popular ‘No pasarán!'. Lara encouraged the representatives of the 33 organizations of the alternative left that are present on this meeting to regain this slogan, define a common goal and work in Europe from today on so that their work would be the beginning of "the tomb of the troika." “We have to fight this madness, that savage capitalism incompatible with democracy" represented by the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission.
"Welcome to Madrid”, he harangued. “In the past, people said that our city would be the tomb of fascism. Our fighters did not get this goal, but today, this EL congress has to serve to go one step further, so that we can talk one day about the tomb of the troika."
The head of IU made a clear call for the unity of all alternative left in Europe against the "common enemy" of the economic right forces. He indicated that it will be necessary to face this enemy with strong opposition based on a social Europe that guarantees equality and solidarity in the European Union (EU).
In this context, he warned about the resurgence of populism and fascism when politics does not solve the problems of the workers. When politicians do not succeed to give the appropriate responses "they generate problems and corruption scandals come into, and this is the broth that permits the growth of the populist and fascist parties. That is dangerous."
Lara has recognized that the European left parties have differences but at the same time, he called for the union to provide a seamless front. "Why the right does not have so many problems to unify differences and agree on the basics?” He asked “Why does the left have so many problems to confront the common enemy? We seem very far, but if we do not force the choice of the European left, they will always win."
He considered essential this merger within a project that also requires the involvement of the social movements and the trade unions. He explained this need and at the same time, he warned that if the left actually get access to the governments; they will meet a fierce opposition of the right forces through their "mechanisms. We can have one day the government, but to have the government does not mean to have the power."
The head of IU stated that in order to implement these measures, is needed "to have the people organized" and to have "strong and powerful" trade unions. As example he mentioned the anti-eviction law boosted by IU in the Andalusian government and how this law is being fought hard by both the Spanish PP government and the rest of the right and economic power.
Cayo Lara also used his speech to make a strong defence of the work of class unions throughout Europe, but especially in his country, against "attacks that they are suffering. They want to end this trunk of the defence of workers' rights. Without unity through the class unions we would not have achieved the gains of recent years."
In an indirect reference to the new Public Safety Act booted by the PP government, whose example spread across Europe, he declared that the right and the neo-liberalism, "do not want that we protest against the hardness of their attacks." He said that these policies do nothing but increase poverty and social inequality in the EU. Governments are "increasing repressive measures against the protests of the citizens."
He established that under the objectives for the coming years has to be the conquest of democracy for citizens and "wrest it from the hands of the financial and technocratic power" that "dismantles the welfare state and suppresses the social and labour rights."
He also spoke of fighting 'against the financial dependency and speculation "and" stand up against the illegitimate debt ". He regretted that the European Central Bank has not acted as a true "Bank of States" to prevent "that anyone could speculate on the suffering of the people."