Front of the Greek Anticapitalist Left
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|Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow
Αντικαπιταλιστική Αριστερή Συνεργασία για την Ανατροπή
|Founded||22 March 2009|
|Merger of||Radical Left Front
United Anti-Capitalist Left
|Seats in the European Parliament|
|Politics of Greece
The Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow (Greek: Αντικαπιταλιστική Αριστερή Συνεργασία για την Ανατροπή, ΑΝΤ.ΑΡ.ΣΥ.Α., Antikapitalistiki Aristeri Synergasia gia tin Anatropi, Ant.Ar.Sy.A) is a coalition of radical left political organisations in Greece. The Greek word antarsia (which is pronounced the same as the acronym Antarsya) means "mutiny". ANTARSYA describes itself as "Front of the anticapitalist, revolutionary, communist left and radical ecology".
ANTARSYA was founded on 22 March 2009 in Athens by 10 organisations and independent militants involved in the Radical Left Front (MERA) and United Anti-Capitalist Left (ENANTIA) with the exception of the Workers Revolutionary Party (ΕΕΚ). These organisations come from different left wing currents ranging from ex-Communist Party (KKE) and KKE Interior members to Maoism and Trotskyism.
The 10 organisations which are members of ANTARSYA:
- Alternative Ecologists
- Communist Renewal (K.AN.)
- Independent Communist Organization of Serres (ΑΚΟΣ)
- Left Anti-capitalist Group (ARAS)
- Left Group (A.S.)
- Left Recomposition (ARAN)
- New Left Current (NAR)
- Organization of Communist Internationalists of Greece–Spartacus, Greek section of the Fourth International (OKDE-Spartakos)
- Revolutionary Communist Movement of Greece (EKKE)
- Socialist Workers' Party (SEK)
- Youth of Communist Liberation (nΚΑ)
The Organization of Communist Internationalists of Greece (Greek: Οργάνωση Κομμουνιστών Διεθνιστών Ελλάδας, Organosi Kommouniston Diethniston Elladas), although it participated in the foundation of ANTARSYA, left the coalition shortly afterwards on 18 May 2009. ANTARSYA is based on local assemblies of militants at city or neighbourhood-level with a central coordination committee in Athens. There are also periodically national assemblies of ANTARSYA.
Participation in elections
ANTARSYA participated for the first time in elections in the European Parliament elections in June 2009. It took 21,951 votes or 0.43% of the votes, which was the best result ever for an anti-capitalist left list in European elections in Greece. ANTARSYA also participated in the October 4, 2009 general elections presenting lists in every constituency. With 24,737 votes and 0.36%, this is the best result for the anti-capitalist left in general elections in Greece since Metapolitefsi. It is an increase of almost 3,000 votes from the European elections, though most of the anti-capitalist lists tend to score much less in general than the European elections. ANTARSYA's campaign was centered on a programme to answer to the economic crisis based on workers' rights. Key demands were banning of lay-offs, a minimum salary of 1,400 euros, a reduction of weekly working time to 35 hours without reduction of wages, nationalisation without compensation under workers' control of the banking system, of businesses shuting down and of privatised public services, but also the disarmament of police, full political and social rights for immigrants and an ecosocialist answer to ecological crisis. In the local elections held in November 7, 2010 the platforms supported by ANTARSYA took more than 98,000 votes or 1.75% of the votes.
|Results since 2009
(year links to election page)
|Year||Type of Election||Votes||%||Representatives|
- The counselors of the Regions.
- Tassos Anastassiadis. "On January 31, the Greek anti-capitalist left will launch the perspective of its convergence!". International Viewpoint No. 408 - January 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
- "Γιατί αποχωρήσαμε από την ΑΝΤΑΡΣΥΑ" (in Greek). Οργάνωση Κομμουνιστών Διεθνιστών Ελλάδας. 18 Μαυ 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
- Andreas Sartzekis. "Greece:The Right is routed in the legislative elections". International Viewpoint No. 417 - October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
- "Increase in votes share for ANTARSYA (Greek)". Kathimerini.