Sinn Fein MEP, Martina Anderson, has told the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, the people of Derry suppport his country’s stand against austerity.
Speaking during a debate on the European financial crisis in the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, Ms. Anderson said she thought the people of Greece “brave and dignified” for voting against austerity.
The debate comes only days after the people of Greece voted overwhelmingly against plans to address their country’s debt problems by introducing severe austerity majors.
“Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras - the brave and dignified Greek People asserted the primacy of democracy over the technocratic neoliberal order in Europe. Irish people from Kerry to Derry stand with you,” said Ms. Anderson.
“Before, during and since Sunday’s decisive vote, your government upheld its democratic anti-austerity mandate whilst trying to seek agreement with European partners.
However Creditors are inflicting poverty and deprivation on Greece refusing debt relief and investment.
Even the IMF, no friend of the Left, confirms Greece needs debt relief.”
Sinn Fein is part of a united group within the European Parliament called GUE/NGL (this abbreviation stands for Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left). The group is comprised of 52 Members from 19 different political delegations and 14 member states. The group is left wing, anti-austerity and is made up from political parties with mostly a socialist orientation.
“Despite hostility and interference from President Martin Schulz who has behaved like self-appointed dictator, or the cowardly behaviour from austerity poster boy of the EU Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the Greek government stood up for Greece, stood up for Ireland, for Spain, for Portugal for Europe, more than any governments.
“Irish people from Kerry to Derry stand with you.
Irish people from Kerry to Derry stand with youSinn Fein MEP - Martina Anderson
“Alexis Tsipras, You used the most powerful weapon in the world - democracy.
“And it won even before the first vote was cast.
“Millions outside of Greece stand with you and we are all proud of who you are and the policies you represent,” she said.