4. From how things look, however, the government is “saying farewell” to the Thessaloniki program – at least for now.
LAFAZANIS: We do not abandon the Thessaloniki program, or our comprehensive radical program. Already with the first draft bills, which have become laws in the Parliament, we are moving towards the direction of those programs. No “institution”, no blackmailing and no dilemma is going to bury the decade-long struggles of the executive members of SYRIZA, which were given together with the Left and its principles. SYRIZA is not going to be absorbed by the state, and will not become a crutch and manager of the neoliberal “state-fed” Greek capitalism. The soul of SYRIZA is the society and the need for a progressive reconstruction of the country with a socialist horizon.
5. Does the “freezing” of the pre-electoral announcements of SYRIZA, in order for the country to overcome the ‘Symplegades stones’ of the economic suffocation, seem appropriate to you?
LAFAZANIS: The need for liquidity is the most crucial and urgent problem of the Greek economy. Without liquidity there is no way out. The prevailing circles of the EU, especially in Berlin, are extorting the country in raw, having cut for quite some time now the flow of financing. It is a dirty plan that was implemented in Cyprus with an ultimatum of one week, while in Greece they are following a more prolonged (time-wise), but also more tormenting, version of it. In any case, their behavior looks more like that of ruthless imperialists towards their far-off colony. They are forgetting, however, that this knife, which they are using, cuts from both its sides. Greece is not going to be lost with economic strangulation, nor will it suffer [heart] failure from the economic suffocation.
Greece has many viable and realistic alternative ways in order to react – and in fact react successfully. Greece is a small country to be making any threats, but it is certain that our country has the possibilities of multiple choices, while those that are threatening it are following only one, very problematic and quite dangerous [choice] for their own sake. If we freeze our pre-electoral proclamations – which we are not going to “freeze” – not only will we not exit the Symplegades stones, but it is then that we will be moving directly towards the cliff.