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SYRIZA statement on Spanish Elections


Let’s widen the road of hope!


The Spanish national elections in 20 December signal, in any case, political developments in the EU and the Eurozone.
What is at stake is whether, after a long period of extreme austerity policies and an unprecedented increase of unemployment by Mr Rajoy’s conservative government, the Spanish people will choose to side with the Greek and Portuguese people, in a path of containment of austerity and riddance from another conservative government and ally of the German and European conservative leadership.
During the crisis in Spain, various social resistances and movements developed and attracted international attention: From the movement of indignados and the movement against the foreclosures of primary residences, to the movements for the protection of public healthcare and education systems, significant parts of the Spanish society have proved that they can confront neoliberal barbarity, the one-way of austerity and the violation of democracy.
We expect this popular and social availability to be transformed into a political stance, so as to pave the way for a progressive political change in Spain, the fourth largest Eurozone economy, and deepen the rupture of neoliberal hegemony in Europe.
The recent victories of left and progressive forces in local elections and especially the historical victories of the united lists of the broader Left and social movements in Barcelona and Madrid constitute a guideline for us and a proof that social and political forces of change have the power to overturn predictions and achieve big wins, by combining the participation in social struggles with an alternative program for a way-out of the crisis, based on the termination of austerity, the promotion of democracy, employment, social services and a socially and environmentally sustainable development model.
With our attention and hope focused on the Spanish elections in 20 December, we wish every success to the forces that defend these principles and fight for change in Spain and Europe. Their victory shall be our victory, too.

 

December 17, 2015