SYRIZA Representative Yiannis Bournous’ Speech At Our İzmir Rally

My strong belief is that Greek society (and, to certain extent, current Greek government) and the movements introducing Democratic Confederalism in Turkey and in Rojava Autonomy, are natural allies. There is a great number of reasons for that and a great number of fields, where mutual cooperation may — and should — thrive. I really hope to take my modest part in this process as well.

Peoples' Democratic Party in English

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Yiannis Bournous

Member of the Political Secretariat of SYRIZA

Head Responsible for European Policy, International Relations, Foreign Policy & Defense, Greek diaspora

Dear friends,

I am coming from a country which, in the last five years, was used as an experimentation field for the establishment of an authoritarian, neoliberal regime.

The extreme austerity programs that were applied in Greece by both social-democratic and right-wing governments, in cooperation with the EU and the IMF, lead to a social disaster.

Greece has 1,5 million unemployed people. General unemployment rate has reached 30% and youth unemployment is at 60%.

In the last 3 years, more than 300,000 Greeks, among them more than 100.000 young scientists, have migrated abroad to find a job.

In the last 5 years, 1/3 of the Greek population has lost access to social security and free healthcare.

Because of neoliberal austerity, Greece has become a victim of a humanitarian…

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