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The beatdown Greece’s new Radical SYRIZA-led coalition government took from international lenders was “extremely savage,” and showed there is a political and class war going on, American leftist philosopher-activist Noam Chomsky said.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who promised to reverse austerity and reject the lenders and get debt relief was forced to back down on all three or the country would have gone broke, a climbdown Chomsky said was forced on Greece by the right-wing.

“They made a little bit of progress in their negotiations, but not much. The Germans came down very hard on them. They forced them to back off from almost all of their proposals,” he said in an interview with Democracy Now!

Chomsky, a former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and who 10 years ago was named the World’s Top Intellectual, warned that if SYRIZA is brought down – as Tsipras also said was the goal of the right in Greece and other countries, that Greeks could turn to the ultra far-right Golden Dawn, which he called a “neo-Nazi party.”

 

Source: The National Herald
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