Greek Pirates Reach 1% In Polls And Are Ready For Their 1st Congress
Κόμμα Πειρατών Ελλάδας (Pirate Party Greece) looks eagerly ahead to the future.
A recent poll gave them twice as much electoral influence as they had in the May elections. The Greek Pirates are now full of optimism, ready for their first Conference on 3-4 November 2012 in Athens. The aims of the Conference are to vote in the first elected board leading the party into the EU Regional Elections in 2014 and will ratify its statutes and principles.
With only nine months on the political stage and experience in only two elections, PPGR reached almost 1% in September, and raised its own bar, according to the poll by VPRC. The conditions in Greece, after the failure of the incumbent political system to solve the problem of the debt crisis, have motivated people to turn towards minority parties today with aspiration to become dominant ideological currents tomorrow. During this crisis, many young people were mobilized to join the emerging Pirate Party. They have attracted attention with slogans about direct democracy and transparency, digital rights and freedom, and they have become accepted by the local communities.
PPGR members, about 1100 today, cover a wide spectrum of many political and ideological spheres. In statistics published by Pirate Times, PPGR is in the 10th place on Twitter out of 49 PP. PPGR is 20th on Facebook out of 53 in August, and is 11th out of 54 on Twitter and 21 out of 55 on Facebook on September.
PPGR was founded on January 14th, after five months of consultations and meetings in Athens, Thessaloniki and online.
10 February 2012, statutes were submitted to the Supreme Court for official recognition as a political party.
14 April 2012 , the PPI General Assembly in Prague unanimously accepted PPGR as its 27th member (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbPxZYQBZrE&feature=player_embedded#!).
6 May 2012, preterm national elections were held. By decision of the majority of its members, PPGR took part in the elections, and it collected 0.51% (almost 34000 votes). An astonishing 19.02% of the votes went to parties that didn’t enter Parliament (there’s a 3% threshold to enter). If the electoral system was a single-winner method, Greek Pirates would have elected 2 MPs.
17 June 2012, national by-elections were held. Because of polarization and voter intimidation, support for many small parties sank as non-voters reached over 37%. Greek Pirates were limited to 0.23%.
22 August 2012, a meeting was held with German Pirates in Mumble to discuss the situation in Greece.
In September 2012, participation through a representative in the PPEU meeting held in Barcelona. Polling for the electoral influence of political parties in Greece, pushed Pirates to 1%.
And concluding, 3-4 November 2012, the first conference will be held in Athens when the first elected Board will emerge.
Greek Pirates will take part with pride in the school teachers’ elections in the Department of Education, on 7 November 2012, with a separate paper ballot under the name “Pirates in Education”.
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About Stathis Leivaditis
The English “pirate” is derived from the Greek word “πειρατής” (peiratēs) and this in turn from the verb “πειράομαι” (peiráomai), “I attempt”, which is a derivative of the noun “πείρα” (peîra), “experience”. Coming from the depths of the centuries, the word “pirate” took on another dimension in our days. The ruling classes saw pirates as rebels and hated them. Rebels without a state, they were not submissive to any law, except from the laws they instituted themselves, improvising together. This is the feeling of a Pirate: when something doesn’t work, you have to attempt to bring a new concept. Sometimes it goes beyond a certain point and perhaps exceeds certain limits, because it is an expression of challenge; the challenge to change the system. I’m a member of the Board (and former chairman) of Pirate Party of Greece, also a member of press team of PPGR, former journalist, now a free lancer. I'm in the team of Pirate Times from the start, I joined voluntarily and consciously because I am interested to meet pirates from around the world, to exchange views and spread the pirate spirit.