Category: Communist Youth of Greece (KNE)
Mass and militant rally of the KKE and KNE in Athens

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mass and militant rally of the KKE and KNE for the Polytechnic Uprising anniversary in Athens (VIDEO)
Large militant rally by KKE, KNE and labour-students’ unions commemorating the 44th anniversary since the Polytechnic Uprising; Athens, 17 November.
“Bread, Education, Liberty”: 44 years later, the legacy of the Polytechnic Uprising lives on

Friday, November 17, 2017

“Bread, Education, Liberty”: 44 years later, the legacy of the Polytechnic Uprising lives on
Like every year, on November 17th, rallies have been scheduled for today in  Athens and other Greek cities in order to commemorate and honour the 43rd anniversary of the students and workers uprising in Athens, which is historically known as the Polytechnic Uprising. 
The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Communist Youth (KNE), as well as numerous labour organisations, students unions and women’s associations, have issued statements calling for mass participation in the march for the Polytechnic. 
A large rally has been scheduled to take place today (Friday) evening in downtown Athens, starting from the Polytechnic building and ending at the U.S. Embassy. Similar rallies will take place in major Greek cities, including Thessaloniki, Patras, Heraklion, Larisa, Ioannina, etc. 
This year’s anniversary is important for an additional reason which is the deeper involvement of Greece in the imperialist plans of USA-NATO, under the responsibility of the SYRIZA-ANEL government. 
Below, you can read a brief historical review of the 1973 Polytechnic Uprising against the Greek Junta:
On the night of the 20th to the 21st of April 1967, the reactionary military circles of the country, which were closely connected to the secret services of the USA and NATO, conducted a military coup. The operation of the surrender of power to the army had been developed at the staff of NATO, under the code name “Prometheus”. Colonels G. Papadopoulos and N. Makarezos, who were actively involved in the preparation of the coup, became known as “the black colonels”.

During the fascist occupation 1940-44, several of these officers participated in the security forces and the mopping’up operations against communists; some of them even worked with Gestapo and were later connected to the secret services of the English and Americans. The military junta, headed by G. Papadopoulos, N. Makarezos and the generals S. Pattakos and G. Zoitakis, having planed a conspiracy with the king and based on the article 91of the Constitution of Greece, published a decree stating the transition of all of the power to the army and the abolition of a series of articles of the Constitution, concerning democratic rights. 

Having seized the power, the military dictatorship proceeded with the materialisation of the “Prometheus” operation. Every democratic liberty in the country had been abolished, a marshal law had been imposed, strikes and meetings were banned, harsh censorship was introduced, political parties and progressive social organizations were also banned. The army took upon it extensive authority, arrests and searches had been conducted. By the order of the dictatorship, thousands of political and social fighters of our country were arrested, first and foremost cadres of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the legal, until then, political party, United Democratic Left (EDA), through which, communists also fought. According to statements by the officials of the dictatorial regime, more than 40 thousand communists had been arrested till the May of 1967.

In order to deceive people, the colonels named their coup “national revolution”, which was supposed to have been conducted “for the benefit of all the classes of the Greek society”. The army and especially the officers, were declared “driving force of the revolution”, and the struggle against communism had been set as the main goal.

The coup became possible in Greece, because the military forces of the country were under the strict control of the reaction. The labour and democratic movement had not still reorganized its forces after the defeat in the civil war of 1946-1949. The development of the mass movement in Greece was impeded by the emergency laws, which first of all prohibited the action of KKE. The leaders of the “Centre Union” Party followed a policy of fragmentation of the democratic forces, disintegrating any common stance of the opposition, aiming at the repulse of the reaction, thus enforcing it. The opportunist elements that existed inside KKE during that period had succeeded in 1958 a decision to be taken for the dissolution of the illegal party organizations, to be taken, supposing that KKE, could, at the end, allegedly be replaced by a wider structure of the Left, EDA. EDA, despite its’ high election results, up to 28%, not only failed to develop a true alternative, but even failed to prepare the party forces and the popular movement before the coup.

The regime of the 21st of April of 1967 was an overt terrorist military-fascist dictatorship of the domestic and foreign monopolies. A characteristic particularity of the military-fascist regime has been no other than the close involvement of the American imperialism, in the preparation and the establishing of the dictatorship. 

The anti-dictatorship struggle
Straight after the coup, KKE strengthened its’ struggle for the rallying of all of the democratic and patriotic organizations. It summoned all the patriots, despite their party belonging, at factories, neighbourhoods, villages, universities, schools and state institutions, to organize in resistance committees, in order to overthrow the fascist dictatorship. On the initiative of KKE and EDA, the Patriotic Anti-dictatorship Front (PAM) had been formed on the May of 1967. Later, other anti-junta organizations made their appearance, such as PAK and the “Democratic Defence”.

KKE at deep illegality and in spite of the blows it had endured not only from junta, but also from the opportunists who had split the party in 1968, managed to regroup the party organizations, created the “Unified Trade Union Anti-dictatorship Movement” (ESAK) and set up its’ youth organization, the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE), which was going to play an avant-garde role in the Polytechnic uprising in 1973.

The uprising of the Polytechnion
The sharpening of the socio-economic contradictions in Greece and the rise of the anti-dictatorship movement, in 1973, lead to the deep crisis of the regime. The dissatisfaction grew even in the army, the regime’s main support. 
In the mid of 1973, the demonstrations  of the workers embraced one branch of the economy after the other. One federation after the other gave notice of termination of their collective contracts and demanded a 45-50% rise in their salaries. These mobilizations were characterised by the vivacity and unity of workers, independently of their political beliefs and lead to the isolation of juntas’ people in the trade union movement. 
The struggle of the university and technological institutions students was an important parameter of the political developments in Greece, especially in 1973. Their main demands were the progressive reforms in the educational system, the restoration of trade union, academic and political liberties. The students of Athens, Thessalonica, Patra, Ioannina, conducted meetings, assemblies, demonstrations with slogans such as: “Democracy”, “Down with fascism”, “Down with the dictatorship”, “One is the leader, the sovereign people”, “Freedom to the political prisoners”. 
Because of the worsening of the financial standing of the poor peasantry, mass manifestations started to break out through the whole of Greece, and took the form of refusal of handing the goods over to the trade. The solidarity with the political prisoners and their families’ movement, aiming at the release of the political prisoners, also developed.
In order to diminish the pressure towards the regime, the military dictatorship, Papadopoulos went on to remove several of their collaborators from the government and to form a “political” government headed by the leader of the ‘Progressive Party’ S. Markezinis. The main task of the new government (October 8 1973) was to prepare ‘parliamentary elections’. 
The political manoeuvres of Papadopoulos did not lead to the stabilization of the situation the in the country. The anti-government manifestations persisted. It is worth mentioning that the opportunist fraction that split from the party in 1968 and created the eurocommunist ‘KKE-interior’ supported the manoeuvre of ‘politization’ of the dictatorial regime. A top moment had been the uprising of the students of the Polytechnic University of Athens and of the young workers of Athens, on the 14-17 November 1973, which gave the final blow to the attempts to disguise the regime. The main slogans of the uprising were: ‘Bread, Education, Liberty’, ‘National Independence’, ‘Down with Papadopoulos’, ‘Out the Americans and NATO’ e.t.c. Large masses of workers supported the students and the young workers. The students’ mobilizations acquired the form of university building occupations, in Thessalonica and Patra. Demonstrations had also been organized in Trikala and Drama. 
In Athens, the students managed to create a radio station and inform people from the building of Polytechnic of the mass manifestations. KNE in Athens and the Anti-dictatorship Students’ Union (Anti-EFEE), played a special role in the organization of the struggle.
On the 17th of November, at night, tanks had been thrown at the revolted students and workers. At that night, 56 people were killed, according to official records. According to police records, 1103 citizens and 61 policemen had been injured. As it became known after the fall of the dictatorship, 34.000 bullets had been used by the police, in addition to the 300.000 cartridges of all kinds, used by the army, so as to repress the revolt. In the days of the revolt, the regime went on to arrest 2.500 people, although it announced merely the arrest of 866, having made the following presentation of their social status: 475 workers, 268 students, 74 pupils, 49 Polytechnic students.
Although the revolt had been drowned in blood, the overall reaction to the regime grew. Eight months later (24 July 1974), the dictatorship fell under the weight of its treason and adventurism in Cyprus, where the coup, that it had organized in cooperation with the secret services of NATO, aiming at the extermination of the progressive regime of President Makarios (15/7/1974) led to the Turkish invasion and occupation of the 37% of Cyprus. 
Then, mass demonstrations against the dictatorship had been held in a lot of cities of Greece. The pressure of the masses had been so great that the Greek oligarchy, decided to remove junta and to hand the power over to a coalition of bourgeois parties, in which right-conservative elements persisted, in order to avoid the worst. This coalition had been but an expression of the compromise among the junta supporters, the imperialist circles of NATO and USA, as well as of the bourgeois political powers of Greece, for the ‘legal’ handing over of the power to the latter. 
At the same time, and without waiting for the release and return of the comrades in exile and from abroad, the illegal organizations of KNE and KKE regained legality. The legal activity of KKE had been won de facto and the circulation of the daily party’s newspaper ‘Rizospastis’ began. The new bourgeois government was forced to abolish the anti-communist law 509, through which the political activity of KKE had been prohibited for whole decades, since 1947. 
Each year, activities are held in honour of the students and workers, who revolted in the November of 1973. The culminating moment of these annual manifestations is the demonstration to the US embassy on 17th of November. 
Shameful verdict by Greek court convicts Communist Youth members who were assaulted by neo-Nazis!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Shameful verdict by Greek court convicts Communist Youth members who were assaulted by neo-Nazis!
A shameful verdict was issued by the single-member Magistrate Court of Thessaloniki in northern Greece regarding a murderous assault of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn thugs against Communist Youth (KNE) members  of November 2012. 
According to the Court’s verdict, the perpetrators of the attack were sentenced to 21 months imprisonment. However, the same verdict convicts the… victims of the attack to 12 months imprisonment! 
The story goes back to November 2012, when two members of the Nazi-fascist party Golden Dawn attacked and injured members of the Communist Youth of Greece in the town of Lagadas, in the outskirts of Thessaloniki. The attackers, who were identified as members of the local Golden Dawn branch, had in their possession knobs and knives. The victims, students-members of KNE, were attacked while they were sticking posters propagandizing a 48-hours strike. 
The Court decided that this wasn’t a clear murderous attack, but a street scuffle between groups thus equitating the offenders and the victims. 
The Central Committee of the KKE, as well as KNE, issued statements expressing strong condemnation of the Court’s decision. “The working people must draw their own conclusions”, writes the KKE’s statement and continues: “With more vehemence and militancy they must organize their struggle against the antiworkers and antipeople policies of the government and the capital. They must decisively expose and alienate the criminal nazi Golden Dawn and its murderous practices”.
19th World Festival of Youth and Students: Russian authorities tried to prohibit communist symbols!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

19th World Festival of Youth and Students: Russian authorities tried to prohibit communist symbols!

With an intervention to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Athens, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) protested the unacceptable behaviour of the authorities in Sochi towards members of the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) who were participating at the 19th Word Festival of Youth and Students

More specifically, as the 902 portal reports, the representatives of KNE faced unprecedented tight security measures and were prohibited from entering the festival venue because they had with them declarations for the 100 years of the October Revolution as well as communist banners with the sickle and hammer! 

On Wednesday, the members of KNE were detained by security forces for 30 minutes, while today, the authorities prohibited the entrance to the representatives of KNE for almost 2 hours. The explanation by the Russian authorities was that “the sickle and hammer symbol is illegal and the declarations of KNE consist dangerous material”! Representatives from other Communist Youths condemned the behaviour of the Russian authorities and expressed their solidarity to the members of KNE.
Under the pretext of “security”, the Russian government seems to have unleashed an attack to freedoms and rights, by criminalizing communist symbols (e.g. sickle and hammer) and prohibiting delegations of Communist Youths from entering the Festival. 
In a letter addressed to the Russian Embassy, the Communist Party of Greece complained about the behaviour of the authorities in Sochi, mentioning that the incident undoubtedly tarnishes such a big and important event. 

Video: Denouncing the incident during Festival’s seminar

Στιγμιότυπα από την πολιτική συγκέντρωση στο 43ο Φεστιβάλ ΚΝΕ – Οδηγητή
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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)
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.