Zoe Konstantopoulou : “Mélenchon will not betray not his people, just as l'has done Tsipras “
Eyes. You have participated in the works of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. You have also sent a message of support for his candidacy. What hope does it represent in your eyes ?
Zoe Konstantopoulou. The hope of changing the course of history, for the whole of Europe ! Jean-Luc Mélenchon is leading a struggle that concerns us all : the struggle for democracy, the peace, the freedom, the sovereignty of the people… The struggle for the dignity of every human being. I consider it a duty, political, moral and democratic for me and for our political movement Path of Freedom, support, wholeheartedly and with all our strength, the candidacy of Jean-Luc in the presidential elections. Not only because the totality of his program, the Future in common, and echoes the principles and values for which we are fighting here in Greece. But also, mainly, because he defends in a sincere way and integrates what is at the heart of our existence : the control of our lives and our destiny, to the enjoyment of our rights in democracy, in freedom and dignity, for liberation of people, the young and future generations from the tyranny of the finance and bureaucracy an oligarchy of the european Union.
The european component of its program is essential to your eyes ?
Jean-Luc Mélenchon fights for the fall of the ordo-liberalism is the new totalitarianism imposed on the peoples of Europe, through instruments of subordination, such as the public debt. This is the historic battle of our generations. And Jean Luc, with France insubordinate, embodies the hope that the peoples will be the victors of this battle.
” Jean-Luc Mélenchon has included in its program the audit of the French debt in the same spirit as that of our committee : to protect the peoples of the subordination that is imposed by the debt illegal. “
Which of its proposals are an echo of your commitments in Greece ?
The commitment of Jean-Luc Mélenchon to say “no” to practices of blackmail of the EU and to defend the right of peoples to freedom, to peace and to an audit of the debt are at the centre of the acts necessary to restore the democracy in Europe. In Greece, there has been a real coup against the popular mandate of the referendum of July 5, 2015. The people then said “no” to the measures of subordination, misery, and the liquidation of public property imposed for the repayment of a debt is illegal. And, under the threat of the cutoff of cash, Tsipras has agreed to violate the popular mandate required to dissolve the Parliament and impose a policy of “yes” – all this against what the people resisted. It was a betrayal, an act against democracy and against the people, who has exercised his right to refuse to submit to measures unsustainable to pay a debt that is illegitimate, illegal and odious, as was revealed in the preliminary report of the Committee of truth on the public debt, that I had based as the speaker of the Parliament, in 2015.
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The debt question is central for France as for Greece ?
Jean-Luc Mélenchon has included in its program the audit of the French debt in the same spirit as that of our committee : to protect the peoples of the subordination that is imposed by the debt illegal. I think that it is a commitment that frightens those who seek to impose to the peoples of the cost of their own corruption, their own poor management and the promotion of their own interests.
You are a member, such as Jean-Luc Mélenchon, of the Plan B. The arrival to power of the candidate of the left would it change the balance of power in the EU ?
the question of The relationship of forces in the EU is not confined to the political geography and its differences (left, center, right, far right etc). It concerns first the restitution and the expression of the strength of the people who will change the rotten system of the EU, as it has been built out of democratic procedures : it is sufficient to consider the rate of abstention in the european elections in all countries to realize that this building has never received democratic legitimation. This is why it is diverting systematically the expression of the will of the people.
” The real question is : can we form a Europe of solidarity, a Europe that is truly dedicated to the prosperity of the peoples and societies ? “
That would mean his election, on the european plan ?
Jean-Luc Mélenchon is a political personality that goes beyond the left and address to the French people as a whole, in the name of popular sovereignty and the right of citizens to disobey and to resist. This is why it can really change the relation of forces, in favour of the peoples, citizens, dissenters throughout Europe.
But is it really possible to reform the european Union ?
The real question is : can we form a Europe of solidarity, a Europe that is truly dedicated to the prosperity of the peoples and societies ? The answer is yes. But this Europe, despite article 3 of the treaties, which the advocates, is not that which exists today – that is to say, the EU that is destroying my people for the past seven years. For me, as a Greek, it is time to build up our own Europe, that of peoples, of citizens and of peace. It is necessary to build the alternative that will be our common ground. The initiative for a Plan B, including Jean-Luc Mélenchon was the instigator of the kick-of 2015 in Greece, and I signed as a co-initiator, has precisely the aim of ensuring that the peoples of europe and democracy will not be sacrificed to save a currency and a bureaucracy.
You seem to call for a new front of resistance to neo-liberal policies. Is this your aspiration ?
Yes. Resistance, disobedience, revolt against oppression is our weapon, but also our heritage and our destiny. There is a silent majority everywhere in Europe, financial interests, banking, and politicians want to disable and marginalize, in denying him the democratic rights and treating it as a minority. The majority of the peoples and citizens is the actor in the story. And it is imperative that it should assume its historical role. I know that Jean-Luc Mélenchon will be a president in the service of this great majority. A president is subversive. I know that he will not betray not his people as has been done by Tsipras. This is why I turn to French and French to tell them : you hold in your hands a historic opportunity to change the course of history. Do not let go !