This is the English version of the opinion editorial published on 18 February 2015 to launch the People to People campaign. The original French text appeared in Mediapart.
The ECB and our governments seem to have decided, on our behalf and using our taxes, to drive the newly elected Greek government to the most serious extreme. They argue that they do not want to pay – or make us pay – for Greece. They should remember that the money available to them is a result of our productivity and creativity, that they have raised it from us; we are not all living off rents.
What if, despite those institutions, we do want to pay for Greece ? Not in order to repay an unfair debt, but to support a Greek people who dared to reaffirm their very right to survival and dignity by voting for Syriza. Let us support Greece’s right to existence; let’s pay so that Greece can develop peacefully; let’s pay so that Greece has the financial means to take social action; let’s pay to exist and to shame our own governments.
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