“Never in SYRIZA did we all have the same opinions” but “every time there are majorities and minorities, as long as the party works and in a democratic way we respect the majority”, the deputy secretary of the Central Committee of SYRIZA-PS, Giorgos, told Attica TV Vasiliadis.
He said that what most of the party officials are saying “is that our first concern is the struggle for social and political change and for SYRIZA to remain united as the sole support of society, if we want to get away from the logic of low expectations” .
Giorgos Vassiliadis added that “if we do not propose this and fortify ourselves behind our disagreements and dogmatic perceptions it will be a very big mistake”.
“When there is a proposal, then it will be discussed in the KE”
Mr. Vassiliadis emphasized that we must also listen to our base, “which requires all of us to move forward united and with a clear political stance. We will determine this at our Congress, at the end of February, after the decision of the KE”.
Regarding the question of deletions, Giorgos Vassiliadis pointed out that “right now the process in the Ethics Committee has started”, to add “and when there is a proposal, then it will be discussed in the KE”.
He said among other things that “personal attacks on the name of the president or any comrade are not consistent with our principles or the constitution. This is where the Ethics Committee can get involved. And it will be discussed in the KE. It’s going to be a tough conversation.”
George Vasiliadis wants unity in SYRIZA-PS
“To give time to the new leadership, not to take things for granted”
The deputy secretary noted that he feels proud to be in SYRIZA-PS “because all these years he has managed to fight battles, defend the interests of the underprivileged and give voice to the Left, representing the so-called area of the progressive faction”.
He also said he was proud “that we did an open process and that thousands of members came to participate, and new members and new people. I am proud that the process was carried out in an impeccable manner, as we had all decided together in the summer.”
Giorgos Vassiliadis said that we must “give time to the new leadership, not take things for granted, and be honest and supportive and critical next to the new leadership. As this party has always operated.”
The deputy secretary Giorgos Vassiliadis said that the instruments “of course everything can be put”, but he stressed that “at this moment when the country has the highest inflation, the lowest wages, a galloping accuracy and a dissipating income, it is a luxury to chat for purity and to remove the knives between us”.
“In the elections, SYRIZA voters went home, not to the rest of the political space”
“We have to make political decisions, politically define the next day and stand next to the society that expects from us. In the elections, SYRIZA voters went home, not to the rest of the political space,” he argued.
He commented that “the poll numbers are problematic, clearly, but they come as a result of a very big crisis in SYRIZA and mainly introversion”. He added that “but a bigger issue than the percentages of SYRIZA are the percentages of those who consider SYRIZA as an opponent and not the government. Let’s say we don’t see PASOK rising”, to emphasize that “everything at the end of the day is in our hands”.
“In the next period we will all be judged because we have big issues ahead of us”
He stated, among other things, that SYRIZA-PS as a party promotes the need for dialogue in the progressive space, stressing that “in the next period we will all be judged because we have before us big issues, accuracy, democracy, transparency, but also the issue of Tempe and of the dead who seek justice for the crime”.
Giorgos Vassiliadis also said in this regard that “the omissions of Mr. Mitsotakis’ staff state have played a decisive role in what we have experienced”.
Finally, he emphasized that he listens “with interest to what Mr. Kastanidis says about the urgent need for the two parties to talk about the large center-left faction, but it would be good not to put the cart before the horse.”