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D. Koutsoumbas: “We continue on the road opened by the October Socialist Revolution. For the victory, for Socialism – Communism”

Friday, September 29, 2017

D. Koutsoumbas: “We continue on the road opened by the October Socialist Revolution. For the victory, for Socialism – Communism”
Speech by the Secretary General of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumbas in the political event of the 43rd KNE-Odigitis Festival in Athens. Source:
“Friends and comrades,
The future is here! The future is here, at the 43rd festival of KNE and ODIGITIS, in this beautiful picture of the enlightened future world which all visitors can admire.
The future is here, in the Tritsi park, in the center of the western Attica, which has been transformed into a red city thanks to the volunteer work and will of our KNE’s members and friends.
You can see the future in the faces of the thousands of young people who are determined to fight for a life with modern rights to work, education, life,  sports and culture. That’s the origin of our slogan, “Youth does not bow its head, it attacks and struggles alongside the KKE!”
The young people’s hearts beat here these three days and this is a proof that  the festival –the unique political and cultural event for the youth- continues to be a meeting spot  a place for thousands of young people to explore and have fun. It enhances itself as the years pass.
The festival reminds us of the “Tree” one of Manos Loizos’ songs that we are going to listen to at the concert in a short while. It’s a tree that never bends, a tree that keeps growing with dozens of events in different cities, islands, neighborhoods and villages in our country.
This year, thousands of young people heard our message, that we have to take measures in order for the future to come in order for young people to take the place they deserve in the workers’ movement, in the social alliance which will crush the exploiters of the peoples.
The future is here! We honor the great October Socialist Revolution, the monumental  event of the 20th century  which paved the way 100 years ago. Now the working class and the peoples of the world can get prepared in order to make the 21st century the century of the final victory of the ‘new’ against the ‘old’, in order to make history and conquer the future of socialism and communism.
The future lies in the revolutionary, unique political  position of  the KKE .  Thanks to the tireless and vanguard work of the youth’s members and friends thousands of workers and young people get in touch with this position every day!
History isn’t over! Earth will finally turn into red! Red out of life! We believe in it! We fight for it every day! Our weapon is our 100-year history of the ΚΚΕ, its revolutionary program  and  the  resolutions of its 20th Congress.
Our Congress confirmed that our party is politically and ideologically united. It confirmed the decisiveness of our cadres and members of KNE and KKE   to make the KKE stronger, to make it more capable of  fighting for the regroupment of the labor movement. Make it more capable to build the social alliance in an anticapitalist, antimonopoly direction. Make it more capable of fighting against the imperialist wars,  for  workers’ power, for socialism.
The October Socialist Revolution paved the way 100 years ago in Russia.  As Lenin said “We have made the start. When, at what date and time, and the proletarians of which nation will complete this process is not important. The important thing is that the ice has been broken; the road is open, the way has been shown”.
Since these days of October, we passed definitively to the era of the overthrow of capitalism, to the era of socialist revolutions.  This happens independently of the setbacks, the new  difficulties in the correlation of class forces.
We ask young people to search, to ask, to learn about communists’ action. Also, to read and study about the days that shook the world, about the October Revolution and discover all that is hidden about USSR.
We ask young people to see beyond all the slander and falsification about Socialism that was built in the 20th century. We ask young people to wonder why anti-communism is so intense, why do they care that much every single day on the media, the radio, they even write books, organize events about socialism that, as they say, failed and collapsed?
Why do they insist to write and  talk about it? Why do the keep attacking a system that they like to call obsolete and inapplicable?
We recommend that young people read “Bolsheviks’ way to victory”. In 1914 the Party of the Bolsheviks had already (later on Communist Party) opposed betrayal of social democracy that supported Ist WW.
 Bolsheviks did not support bourgeois government. Nor that formed by the February Revolution of 1917, overthrowing the Czar. With the struggle of the Bolsheviks, it became possible for the poor peasants and soldiers to ally with the revolutionary vanguard of the working class.
Under these conditions, in October 1917 they made the socialist revolution. Under these conditions, they were theoretically, ideologically, organizationally prepared in the harsh class conflicts and won when conditions of revolutionary situation were created. In conditions when vast masses of workers, peasants, soldiers, turned their backs to the bourgeoisie that weakened and was defeated in the final confrontation.

The workers who produced the wealth became its owners.

The country came out of the imperialist war.

The 8 hour working day, social security, free healthcare, unemployment were established, unemployment was finally eliminated.

Millions of acres of landowners passed into the hands of the Soviets, of the workers and peasants.

General education became compulsory and free, illiteracy was abolished.

Women’s inequality was eliminated in family law, voting rights, the way for right to work, for  participation in  social action was opened.

All the nations of the multinational Russia of that time acquired the same rights.

The Soviet Union contributed decisively to smashing  the Nazi-fascist war machine with 20 million dead, with 1,700 cities and 70,000 villages destroyed by the troops of Hitler.

In this titanic struggle for socialism, Communist Parties in all countries, members, cadres, leaders in every country had a very important role.

Communists also had a huge contribution for the peoples, for the revolutionary movements in all countries. The  National Liberation Front (EAM), the Greek People’s Liberation Army (ELAS), the Democratic Army of Greece (DSE), were the heroic creations of the KKE in our country. As many times as our people accepted to fight, based on the revolutionary policy of the KKE, it had successes and victories.

The October Socialist Revolution, proved that capitalism is neither eternal nor invincible. A superior organization of the society can be built without exploitation of man by man.

Of course, never before in the history of mankind, has a more progressive, superior social system been established. Today’s capitalism consolidated itself over feudalism as a new superior social system, over the centuries: Since 1400 it appeared, only in the 19th century, it fully developed its own characteristics.

Workers’ power emerged for the first time in the 19th century and lasted only 70 days in France, with the Paris Commune. The second time, comparatively more mature, with the October Revolution in 1917, it lasted about 70 years.

The third time in our century it will win definitely and irrevocably, and only so will humanity be saved from hunger, environmental destruction, exploitation, unemployment, wars.

We have studied and have drawn conclusions about the causes of the overthrow, except that we do not ignore the contribution of socialism, as the apologists of capitalism do.

A gradual slide into capitalist functions, with the so-called market socialism theory, weakening the social character of the product and central planning, led to the overthrow.

The 20th Congress of the CPSU in 1956 was a turning point, because by employing the  so-called personality cult, it adopted a series of opportunist positions, mainly on the issues of strategy of the communist movement, of international relations, and partly of the economy.  Perestroika in 1985 became the final vehicle of the counter-revolution

For the KKE, however, these 26 years that have passed, they have made even more categorical the timeliness of socialism – communism.

But what is even clearer is the truth of Mayakovsky’s verses that called us to unravel the future. “The future will not come by its’ own … if we do not take measures too.”

And the future is not behind us, it is not capitalism, it is the new world, socialism – communism.
Comrades and friends,
Lately, SYRIZA and Mr. Tsipras are more exposed, giving us lessons of defense of capitalism.

Sometimes employing “healthy entrepreneurship”, sometimes “social economy” or “innovation and research”, Mr. Tsipras performs well at what any seller does to meet the goals and get the bonus, in this specific case the renewal of the support of  capital.

He seeks to acquit a whole social system based on the exploitation of man by man, which is enshrined in countless anti-labor laws, which, of course, are implemented by healthy companies.

He tries to absolve a rotten system that has profit as the main motive. This motive applies even when states, governments in capitalism are tricking workers, telling them that there are also some supposedly non-profit companies, public utilities, NGOs and others.

Research and innovation are exploited to the benefit of capitalist accumulation, not to the satisfaction of the needs of the working class, the people.

Of course, we are not in 2015, nor in 2012. SYRIZA has completed its mutation into a bourgeois party and has already completed two and a half years of bourgeois management.

It can now turn to capital by advertising his government as the best “dealer” for businesses and investors, and can sometimes take off its left masque to reveal its real face as a servant of monopoly groups, of capitalist development.

Capitalist development, despite what SYRIZA says when talking to the people, cannot be fair. Because fair development in an unfair system cannot exist.

Examples are countless and more the recent is the shipwreck in Salamis. On the one side, they celebrate that Piraeus becomes an “entry gate”, an international hub “and on the other, ships that are floating coffins destroy health and the environment, they deprive the people of Athens even of swimming in the Saronic Gulf.

That’s is their development.

Greece is  on fire, popular dwellings flood from the rains, everyone is afraid of a major earthquake.

Because their growth is motivated by profit rather than the protection of the life of the working class, the people.

The abolition of the Sunday holiday, the extension of the memorandum regulations for the Collective Labor Agreements, the essential legal establishment of the lock out, the liberalization of collective layoffs, the abolition of trade union rights, the attack against the right to strike through the facilitation of its outlawing and many other measures recently voted by the SYRIZA-ANEL government and also what it is preparing to vote with the 3rd assessment pave the way for capitalist development.

And all these anti-worker measures, independently of how SYRIZA baptizes them, are deeply class-based and unjust!

This is capitalism! In Greece and all over the world. Barbarity, unemployment, misery for the lives of the workers.

The  promises of New Democracy, which, of course, claims that, unlike SYRIZA, it knows and wants, and can better do the dirty work on behalf of the capital, function inside the same unjust class framework.
In fact, in order to overcome SYRIZA as for its anti-people character and also its devotion to the capital, it brings up against reactionary slogans like “parties out of the schools and universities”, ” parties and trade unions out of the workplaces”.
It goes so far as to say that social inequalities stem from human nature by reproducing reactive theories drawn from the textbooks of the Nazi Mengele.

Both of them are particularly focused on the youth and  they pretend to worry for its future. Their hypocrisy has no limits.

SYRIZA’s “fair development” and “sustainable growth” that will not leave anyone behind” of New Democracy the historically outdated capitalist growth that is accompanied by rising unemployment, especially among young people and women, that obliges youngsters from  a very young age  to experience the unfairness of unemployment, the unfairness of starvation wages, uninsured labor, non-payment,  impossibility to work  in their chosen profession, to experience the unfairness of immigration abroad. It’s the capitalist development that leaves behind the children of the workers’ people’s family and their rights.

They avoid talking even about the minimum. That no one should be paid under 751 euros.
Comrades and friends,
In a society that that everywhere projects the principles  “your death is my life”, “take care just of yourself” that “the capitalist system is invincible and the end of history and  whatever we do is in vain ” we know there are youngsters, and there will be much more in the next few days, who are concerned.

They are angry because the system of exploitation deprives them of their rights and life and they fairly say that “something must happen, the situation must change”. They wonder about how this can be done.

We address all these young people and say: “There is a solution! With the KKE on the way of the overthrow “! The youth is fed up with messiahs who “save them” every time, is fed up with lies that the governors say each time to become such, is fed up with promises.

SYRIZA and New Democracy, as well as the other parties only acknowledge  to the young generation the right to have no rights, to claim no rights. Both Mr. Tsipras and Mr. Mitsotakis talk continuously about the new generation, at the same time that they crush its life. Give them the answer now!

The time has come for action! KNE, the Youth Organization of the KKE, is here for you all! It has a clear struggle proposal, it has proposals and positions on all the issues that concern young people of the workers’ peoples’ families. However, in order for these proposals of KKE and KNE to take effect, they need your support, the struggle of all of us in the workplaces, the  centers of education,  the neighborhoods.

So let’s all overcome the dirty propaganda of the system, the hesitations that everyone may have!

Each one of us counts in the big struggle that we have in front!

Every youngster organized in KNE means a great failure of the system to control the,, to neutralize their soul and body! It means that no one will be alone, to be exploited, to  be deceived.
But it also means much more … Every youngster who decides to join KNE  in fact is  not just one, but thousands. The slogan “One for All and All for One” and all together for the most sacred aim, the abolition of exploitation of man by man is put into action. Every youngster organized in KNE is part of the collective struggle, of the effort to change our lives, to “make man a human”.

The fact of being organized multiplies the power of each and every one of us!

Think … Would the great revolutionaries, whom we admire and honor this year – by devoting the festival to the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution – such as Lenin, Stalin and so many others – had made their thoughts come true without the conscious action, the organization of thousands and millions of people?

The people’s struggle is all-powerful, and we communists have confidence, even when the opponent imagines itself omnipotent, even when the movement is not on the up.

So we say to every youngster something that has been repeatedly confirmed by historical experience: The struggle of the youth, of the people in our country is connected by a red thread with all the revolutions and uprisings that humanity has experienced, in order for the peoples to live better days.
We proceed with this course of the peoples to the final victory! With its ups and downs, with its turns and stops, and sometimes with huge leaps forward! But we do not hesitate; we are constantly trying to conquer knowledge, to understand developments and to make our own battle plan with only one purpose: “For the need to become history”!

The future will come! The new generation will live it!

This is undisputed. The question is whether the black future where the capitalists will continue having the power, crushing the rights of the workers and the youth, to make wars  shall continue  … or the bright future, without exploitation of man from man, socialism – communism shall come earlier!

Our struggle is part of the struggle waged by the peoples of the world! And this is evidenced by the fact that today, among us, we have comrades, young communists from all over Europe, from Asia, Africa, and America.

We have comrades from Mexico, Palestine, Syria, Turkey and so many other countries that fight in very difficult circumstances. We also salute the representatives of the embassies present with us here at the festival: Palestine, Cuba, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Our minds and our hearts are together with all the peoples that fight. We coordinate our action, and spot all together against the same aim, capitalism, imperialism, which crushes our rights all over the world.
Comrades and friends,
We address to those who are currently studying and making proper use of their experience. The experience that says that saviors are over, to those who have come to the conclusion that the lesser evil always leads to the greater evil.

We address to those who feel frustrated, cheated by SYRIZA, to those who instead of looking ahead, look back at their previous choices.

We say they shouldn’t have any confidence in New Democracy which tries to whitewash its anti-people policy, and once again asks for the support of the people for its turn of anti-people’s management, as SYRIZA succeeded New Democracy  two and a half years ago.

To have no confidence in PASOK and the other parties, which through the renaming of the center-left, with their historic support for the system, that they supported in the previous years, is attempted to be whitewashed by staff of the system.

Remember: Every new government will be worse than the previous one, because the system of exploitation itself becomes worse.

It is not a solution for the people and the youth, the constant rotation of parties and governments, which, when one fails, prepare each other to replace it and treat the people equally bad.

The hope, the way out for the working class is far and away from the bourgeois management where the bourgeois parties, sometimes one by one and sometimes in collaboration between them, carry out the anti-people policy.

The hope, the way out, to come along with the KKE.
In order to get rid of the causes of misery.
In order to overthrow and definitely abolish barbarity.

We invite you now, no matter what choices you made until yesterday, to come along with the  KKE. Here is your position, the position of the unemployed people, the workers, the employees, the self-employed farmers, professionals, scientists, the students, all the women of the popular families.
Now with the KKE, because it told the truth about SYRIZA.

It particularly warned those who felt that they were politically left-wing, they based their hopes on the “left for the first time “, to a bourgeois government that independently of its name, faces, phraseology did well the dirty work for the quartet, the EU, the NATO, the big capital.

Now with the KKE, because in the workers’ people’s movement, it has the line of rupture and conflict with the capitalist system.

With the KKE for the movement that regroups its forces, it prepares for the conflict with the real enemy.
That is why it does not retreat, it does not stumble on the traps of social consensus, political instability, it does not ask for sacrifices for the recovery of the profits of the capitalists but for sacrifices in the class struggle that bring closer the perspective.

We call upon the working class, the youth, not to be trapped again by obstacles that are being prepared. Do not submit to the system and the EU plans for the new disposition of their political staff.

Now with the KKE, because its truly promising alliance policy is not in meetings and summit agreements, but in the alliance of all the oppressed, in the social alliance where workers can meet with poor farmers and the self-employed can meet, with their children and the women of the popular strata and together they walk in the way of the conflict in order for all of them to be in the power.
In this social alliance, the KKE, through the members and cadres of the Party and KNE, as well as any power in an anti-capitalist-antimonopoly direction, through its people, can find its place.

Now, along with the KKE to strengthen the workers’-popular readiness and struggle against imperialist war plans, the scenarios of border change, against the  involvement of any country in these plans. These plans serve the so-called “geostrategic upgrading” of SYRIZA, New Democracy and other bourgeois parties, which in essence is the upgrading of the Greek bourgeoisie in the region.

Along with the KKE for the final closure of the murderous military base of Souda. In order not to be transferred NATO nuclear warheads to Araxos base,  which is being visited by US military delegations, inspecting its infrastructure maintenance and modernization in order to host nuclear weapons in their premises.

Alongside the KKE, because the struggle against the imperialist war is inseparably linked to the struggle for workers’ power, which is the only that can guarantee disengagement from the EU and NATO’s predatory alliances.

To make the slogan “neither earth nor water to the murderers of the peoples”. For the people not to take place “under a foreign flag”, not to spill its blood for interests that are not their own.

To isolate the Nazi criminal organization of the Golden Dawn killers, these henchmen of the bosses.

Those who deny and vote in the Parliament against the obvious, that the employee must be paid their wages, obviously because their ideal are the Nazi forced labor camps that offered for free slave-workers to the German and other monopolies.

Those who commit murderous attacks against PAME trade unionists, these henchmen of those who support military war operations that create refugees and immigrants who are then murdered by racist criminals of the Golden Dawn in the streets of our homeland, the leading henchmen that sow hatred, poison and discord in our people from the podium of the Parliament and leaving behind dead fighters such as Pavlos Fissas exactly 4 years ago.

That’s why we shout once again: “Deeply understand what fascism is!  It won’t die by itself, smash it!


We are addressing to all of you who, even though the prospect temporarily blurred before you, you never believed that capitalist barbarism was the end of the evolution of human society.

To all of you who are outrageous with raw anti-communism, with the methodical concealed anti-communism of the slander of socialism, but also with the anti-communism of  stupidity that lately has overwhelmed some people.

We invite you to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the October Socialist Revolution, to teach your children about the first attempt to make man a human, that you want your children to live in a society without unemployment, poverty and wars.

That’s the society for which the KKE fights. With the working class, the people in the power. This workers’, peoples’ government is the rival awe of capitalist barbarism. Because with the socialization of means of production, central planning and workers’ control, it can meet modern needs of the working class, the people and their children.

Come with KKE because it never abandoned revolutionary struggle. It did not abandon socialism in the 20th century. it did not conceal that against the harsh dictatorship of the capital, there is only the “dictatorship of the proletariat”, that is, the power of the working class that, together with its precious social allies constitute the vast popular majority, which is the only force capable of opening the way of the real freedom, peace, and satisfaction of great modern people’s needs.

Remember: The KKE, at the crucial moment, the day the Kremlin’s red flag came down in 1991, had the strength to summon the communists through “Rizospastis”, saying: “Comrades, keep  the flag high! Hope is now in the struggle of the peoples “! We are proud of this.

We continue to keep up this red flag!

We continue on the road opened by the October Socialist Revolution. For the victory, Socialism – Communism.

The days that will re-shake the world will come. We take our measures for this!”
Powerful message for struggle: At least 250,000 people attended KNE-Odigitis Festival in Athens

Monday, September 25, 2017

Powerful message for struggle: At least 250,000 people attended KNE-Odigitis Festival in Athens
With the tremendous, unprecedented participation of thousands of people of all ages, the three-day events of the 43rd Festival of the Communist Youth of Greece and its newspaper “Odigitis” were concluded in Athens. 
According to KNE, the number of the people who attended the cultural and political events of the festival reaches the record high of 250,000.
The third and last day of the Festival, among other events, included a large concert dedicated to the late composer Manos Loizos, with the participation of popular singers like George Dalaras, Maria Farantouri and Vasilis Papakonstantinou. The concert took place on the occasion of the 80 years since the birth of Loizos, one of Greece’s most talented composers who died at the age of 45. 
The Festival, which was dedicated to the 100 years since the Great Socialist October Revolution, sent a powerful message for the continuation of the struggle with a massive political event on Saturday evening. The event began with a video including a sensational audio document of Lenin’s voice and continued with the central speech delivered by the Secretary General of the CC of the KKE Dimitris Koutsoumbas. The Secretary of the CC of KNE Nikos Abatielos also delivered a greeting message. 
“The future is here! Honoring the October Revolution, the great historical event of the 20th century which, 100 years ago, paved the way. So that we, the working class, the peoples of the whole world, take measures in the 21st century, making him the century of the definite victory of the “new” over the “old”, to leave our mark in History, to conquer the future of socialism-communism” said, among other things, Secretary Koutsoumbas. 
In a powerful speech, Dimitris Koutsoumbas called the working class, the popular strata, the youth, to go together with the KKE, for the counter-attack and people’s victory. 
“Come together with the KKE, because it never abandoned the revolutionary struggle”, Dimitris Koutsoumbas underlined and continued: “It did not deny the 20th century’s socialism. It did not hide that against the brutal dictatorship of the capital, there is only the “dictatorship of the proletariat”, that is the power of the working class which, along with her valuable social allies, consist the overwhelming popular majority, the only capable to pave the way for the real freedom, peace, for the satisfaction of the big modern popular needs”. 
Secretary Koutsoumbas concluded his speech by declaring: “We continue on the way opened by the October Socialist Revolution. For the victory. For socialism-communism”.
(The whole speech of the KKE Secretary General will be published within the next few days)
Dangerous games – Does the US plan to install nuclear warheads in Greece?
| September 25, 2017 | 7:50 pm | Communist Party Greece (KKE), Greece, Syriza | No comments

Monday, September 25, 2017

Dangerous games – Does the US plan to install nuclear warheads in Greece?

On the 20th of September, the daily newspaper “Rizospastis”-organ of the CC of the KKE-on its front page highlighted the continuing suspicious and conspicuous silence of the government in relation to this accusation made by the KKE.

“Rizospastis” denounces the plans to transfer US nuclear weapons to Greece, which it characterizes as “playing with fire”. At the same time, it reveals that the coalition government of the “left” party SYRIZA and the allegedly “patriotic” ANEL has agreed to provide upgraded services at the naval-airforce base of Souda, after the recent renewal of the agreement with the USA regarding its use. It is also discussing “hosting” US marines from Incirlik.
In addition, it notes that in recent months, US officials visited military installations in mainland Greece, seeking an “expansion” of cooperation with Greece regarding other hardware, beyond what is “hosted” at the Souda base.

Finally, it should be noted that on the 19th of September a mass meeting was held in Patras (the 3rd largest city in Greece, which is 40 km from Araxos), at the initiative of the Construction Workers’ Union and with the participation of dozens of trade unions and mass organizations, with the aim of organizing the struggle of the people in the region against the installation of US nuclear weapons in Araxos. As was stressed at the meeting, the labour-people’s movement of the region will respond in the face of decisions that entangle our country even more deeply in dangerous plans.

Patras’ City Council: 
“No” to the installation of nuclear weapons at Araxos.

In a recent development, last Thursday, the City Council of Patras unanimously decided to issue a statement calling the government to give a clear answer regarding the possibility of nuclear warheads’ installation on Greek territory. 

Furthermore, adopting the proposal made by the city’s mayor, Kostas Peletidis, the Council expressed its concern over the issue and positioned itself against the possibility of nuclear weapons’ presence in the area.

Sources: &
Applause and respect for Mikis Theodorakis at the KNE-Odigitis Festival

Friday, September 22, 2017

Applause and respect for Mikis Theodorakis at the KNE-Odigitis Festival
Under the sounds of “Romiosini”- one of Greek music’s greatest compositions- and a warm applause thousands of people welcomed Mikis Theodorakis at the KNE-Odigitis festival, yesterday evening at Tritsis Park in Athens. The legendary composer- also a political figure whose activity left its stamp on the Greek left- was welcomed by the Secretary General of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumbas and the Secretary of the Communist Youth (KNE) Nikos Abatielos.
The first day of the KNE-Odigitis festival was dedicated to the work of Theodorakis, 92, with a large concert taking place at the festival’s central scene. People of all ages attended the concert, expessing their respect and admiration for the great composer. Below, you can see the video from Theodorakis’ arrival at the festival venue, as well as various photos published at 902 portal
KNE’s Secretary Nikos Abatielos (left) greets Mikis.
Theodorakis talking to KKE Sec. General Dimitris Koutsoumbas.
KKE welcomes 30 Communist and Anti-imperialist youth organisations participating at KNE Festival

Friday, September 22, 2017

KKE welcomes 30 Communist and Anti-imperialist youth organisations participating at KNE Festival
A meeting between representatives of 30 Communist and Anti-imperialist youth organisations which participate at the 43rd KNE-Odigitis Festival and the Secretary General of the CC of the KKE Dimitris Koutsoumbas was held earlier today at the Party’s headquarters in Perissos, Athens. 
In his welcome speech, D.Koutsoumbas said:
“We welcome in the headquarters of the CC of the KKE the 30 Communist and Anti-imperialist youth organisations from all over the world which are in Greece for the 43rd KNE-Odigitis Festival.
In an era of strengthening of the imperialist interventions, antagonisms and contradictions, which take place always at the cost of the peoples and the youth of the countries, during a period when the economic capitalist crises, poverty, unemployment, (displacement) of refugees are strengthening, what is- more than ever- needed is the invigoration of international solidarity, the common struggle of the people and the youth, the coordination of the action, so that we can encounter capitalist barbarity, to pave the way for the socialist future of our countries.
This task, within the frame of the KNE Festival, we are trying to implement, by exchanging opinions, thoughts, discussing and organizing our common struggle”.
Source: / Translation: In Defense of Communism.
KKE: Message of solidarity to the Communist Party of Mexico regarding the recent disastrous earthquakes

Thursday, September 21, 2017

KKE: Message of solidarity to the Communist Party of Mexico regarding the recent disastrous earthquakes

With a message to the Central Commitee of the Communist Party of Mexico (PCM), the International Relations section of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) expresses the Party’s condolences and solidarity to the Mexican people, after the disastrous earthquakes. 

More specifically, as 902 portal reports, the message reads:
“Dear comrades,
with agony we are observing the huge damages and the numerous victims that, once more, the recent disastrous earthquakes caused in your country. It is not fatal for the workers and the poor social strata to pay such a heavy blood tax by natural phenomena. The political responsibilities of the government of Mexico are immense, for the lack of essential anti-seismic protection measures, especially when the seismicity of  the region is well known. It is the state of the monopolies which lets helpless students losing their lives in schools, workers in their jobs and houses when, at the same time, after the earthquake, mobilizes fastly the repression forces for the security of the plutocracy’s zones of interests.”

The KKE message ends with an expression of condolences to the working class and the popular strata of Mexico: “Please transfer to the working class and the poor strata of your country, our sincere condolences and solidarity, as well as to the members and cadres of yours who participate in the fight for the rescue and assistance to the earthquakes’ victims”.

Translation: In Defense of Communism
KKE GS Koutsoumbas: NATO-USA-EU are in no way guarantors of “peace” and “security” in the Balkans
| September 20, 2017 | 9:25 pm | Communist Party Greece (KKE), Syriza | No comments

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

KKE GS Koutsoumbas: NATO-USA-EU are in no way guarantors of “peace” and “security” in the Balkans

The Secretary General of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumbas spoke at a major political event of the 43rd KNE-Odigitis Festival in Thessaloniki.


The political and cultural events of the 43rd Festival of the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) and its newspaper “Odigitis”, which this year are dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution.

The three days’ of events of KNE’s Festival in Thessaloniki were held from the 13th to the 16th of September. At the Festival a major political rally was held, where the GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas spoke and called on the youth “from tomorrow, with the impetus of the successful festival, more workers and young people should come with us on the path for revolutionary change.

All together we should struggle for the society that can satisfy our contemporary needs. A society where each of us on the basis of our capabilities can fully develop our personalities and utilize all our abilities and play a leading role in constructing this society. A society that cultivates initiative, creativity, truly innovative thinking and conscious activity, which liberates all the potential of young people which today is being suffocated by the system of exploitation and wars, capitalism. It is the society where the working class will have the power, where the working people will control the economy because they will possess its keys, and for this reason they can enjoy all the wealth that they produce with their hands and intellect, sweat and toil. The Bolsheviks 100 years ago in October 1917 gave the same response i.e. that the world changes. The new smashes the old through a revolution. This has always been the case. We call on the youth to learn, to ask about, to study the days that shook the world. To dispute the view of the exploiters, who throw mud at the revolutionary movement in Greece and internationally.” 

The GS of the CC of the KKE made reference in his speech to the domestic and international developments. He denounced the SYRIZA-ANEL government for the harsh anti-worker and anti-people measures it is implementing. He called on the workers to join forces with the KKE, with the labour-people’s movement which has a line of rupture and confrontation with the capitalist system.
In this speech, D. Koutsoumpas, speaking from Thessaloniki, which geographically is located in the “heart” of the Balkans, made detailed reference to the developments in the Balkans, to the sharpening of the inter-imperialist contradictions in the region. Below is an extensive extract from the speech, which is related to the situation in this region and the assessments.
“Dear comrades,
October confirmed in practice that the struggle for disengagement from the imperialist war is integrally linked to the struggle for worker’s power and this strategy of the Bolsheviks was confirmed 100 years ago. 
In particular, we want to discuss this experience today, when the confrontation, competition between the strong powers of the global capitalist world is also involving our region, the Balkans, the Aegean, the Eastern Mediterranean.
The relations of our country with the neighbouring Balkan countries, and also the Greek-Turkish relations and the Cyprus issue are entangled in this competition, in one way or another.
Here the “rope” is not simply taut, but is becoming a “knot” due to the contradictions, not only of the most powerful states, but of other smaller “links”, of the plans of the region’s bourgeois classes.
The multifaceted disputing of the sovereign rights and borders of Greece by the Turkish bourgeois class, and also by the bourgeois classes of other neighbouring countries, where nationalistic chauvinism is re-emerging, such as for example, in Albania, is taking place at a moment when in our wider region the war in Syria is being conducted, when the “cauldron is boiling”, not only in the Middle East and North Africa, but also in Europe, in Ukraine, all along NATO’s border with Russia.
This is why the decision of the SYRIZA-ANEL government to renew the U.S.-Greece mutual defense cooperation agreement is not a “routine” act but a move that entangles our country even deeper in the plans of the USA and NATO, which seek the reinforcement of the already very significant role of the naval-air-force base of Souda, a powerful “tool” in their war plans in the Mediterranean, as well as for a wider scope of operations.
At the same time, the maintenance and modernization of the base at Araxos is taking place so that it is ready to receive the transit of nuclear weapons, increasing the dangers for our people. And the government is concealing all this from the Greek people.
We call on you to be ready, to organize the struggle.
No to the bases and no to the nuclear weapons!
Indeed, when the US Vice President, Mike Pence, made statements in August that Russia seeks military conflict, the destabilization in the Balkans, anyone can understand why the USA is interested in reinforcing the Souda base and why the Defense Minister of the SYRIZA-ANEL is proposing to provide them with new territory for military bases and why the US ambassador in Athens is “touring” the Greek islands.
And these statements of the US Vice President which were made here, in the Balkans, in August and specifically in Montenegro, which hastily and without a referendum, as it had promised the people, entered NATO, are indicative of the intensification of the inter-imperialist contradictions in the wider region.
This summer’s NATO military exercises in the Balkans, naval exercises in Bulgaria and military exercises in Romania,are very characteristic of this situation.
The SYRIZA-ANEL government completely involved in the NATO plans, sometimes invites NATO into the Aegean in the framework of the war in Syria and other times as a transit route for NATO forces, as was the case this summer. It does not safeguard the interests of the country, as it claims, but places the “noose” of the inter-imperialist antagonisms around the neck of our people.
So, when Greece is becoming a “tool” in the Euro-Atlantic plans against Russia. The bourgeois class of Russia, seeking to benefit from any fissure inside the opposing NATO alliance, signed an agreement with Turkey to sell it the modern Russian s-400 systems.
This is a move that is integrated in the inter-imperialist antagonisms and which are being conducted in every way. Diplomatically, as we see from the mutual expulsions of US-Russian diplomatic personnel, militarily, as we see from the increase and mutual targeting of the enormous arsenal, as well as economically, around how, for example, the international weapons’ market will be divided up.
At the same time, however, such moves, at a time when Turkey is directly threatening the sovereignty of 17 Greek islands, only contributes to intensifying the arms race between the bourgeois classes. A race which the two peoples will pay for, at a time when the Greek and Turkish peoples are facing the impasses of the capitalist development path, poverty, unemployment, exploitation.
In addition, the sale of these weapons, even when they are considered to be “purely defensive” reinforce and strengthen the aggressiveness of the Turkish bourgeois class at the expense of Greece and other countries, like Syria, whose borders Turkey is disputing.
This is the reason why when the governments claim that our country is a “pillar of stability” is a “triangle of instability”, because it is assimilated in the plans of the USA-ANTO-EU, they are once again telling lies.
In reality, they want the working class and our people to wear Euro-Atlantic “blinkers” which will impede them from seeing how dangerous our country’s involvement in these antagonisms is, which serve aims alien to theirs and specifically aims related to how the bourgeois classes, above all the strongest ones, the “lions”, and then the rest, the ‘tigers”, “hyenas”, and even the “vultures”, will share the “prey” of the energy resources, raw materials, the transport routes of the commodities, the market shares.
This is the reason the much vaunted “pillar of stability” of the SYRIZA-ANEL government, as well as the previous ND and PASOK governments is made of “straw”, illusions, is built on the “shifting sands” of the instability of capitalist barbarity, of the economic crises and imperialist wars.
NATO cannot safeguard a resolution for issues amongst the Balkan countries, as it has not ensured a solution between Greece and Turkey for 65 years or in the relations between Greece and Albania.
Indeed, over the last 8 years when Albania has been a NATO member, the trend to expansionism, unacceptable territorial claims against Greece has not receded but on the contrary has intensified, while Albania cancelled the agreement on the EEZ in the Ionian Sea, which had previously been signed.
Of course, neither NATO nor the EU can vaccinate the Greece-FYROM relations with “peace” and “security”.The rekindling in the recent period of discussions about the issue of the “name”, the involvement of various mediators in order to resolve this issue is also integrated in the framework of the further assimilation of the neighbouring country in Euro-Atlantic imperialism.
The USA and its allies do not want at all to see the increase of the influence of their competitors in FYROM and its integration into energy plans and other plans that are in conflict with their own. In any case, we cannot forget that next door, on the borders with Kosovo, the USA has its biggest base in the world, Camp Bondsteel.
Nor can the various political-military axes, which are being promoted, like those with Israel or Egypt, safeguard “peace” and “prosperity”.These “axes” which indeed they present as “richly dowered brides” and as a solution for the unimpeded exploitation of the energy wealth of Greece and Cyprus, for the salvation of the people in conditions of capitalist crisis, the only thing they can create are new torments for our people.
To begin with, because wherever “axes” are being created all over the capitalist world, life demonstrates that they find equally strong “anti-axes” in front of them, i.e. rival economic and geopolitical interests. Then it is well-known that the few, the enormous energy colossi profit from the exploitation of the energy wealth and not the working class, not the peoples!
This is the reason why the pressures being exerted on the Cypriot people are unacceptable, regarding an “alleged” solution to the Cyprus issue, in the name of the unimpeded exploitation of the energy resources by the monopoly groups and with the aim of legitimizing the consequences of the Turkish invasion-occupation and its results.
The KKE consistently expresses its solidarity with the Cypriot people against the Turkish invasion-occupation and every kind of dichotomous “solution”.
Our party fights for a united Cyprus, for one and not two states, with one sovereignty, one citizenship, one international personality, for a common homeland for Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots, without occupation and other foreign armies, without foreign bases, without guarantors and “protectors”, with the Cypriot people masters in their own land.”