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“Neither soil, nor water to the murderers of the people”: Huge rally against NATO in Thessaloniki

Saturday, June 24, 2017

“Neither soil, nor water to the murderers of the people”: Huge rally against NATO in Thessaloniki

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“Neither soil, nor water to the murderers of the people” and “with the workers of all countries, for a world without exploitation, wars and refugees” were the major slogan of the massive anti-imperialist demonstration organised by the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) in Thessaloniki. Thousands of protesters of all ages, from all over Greece but also from abroad, joined their voices against imperialism, its wars and interventions. 

The demonstration began at Aristotelous Square, with a greeting message by Zeljko Veselinovic, president of the Serbian Trade Union SLOGA, on behalf of all the attending foreign Trade Unions. Veselinovic recalled the solidarity that PAME and Greece’s working class had offered to the people of Yugoslavia during the 1999 NATO bombings: “We, the workers, are brothers regardless race, religion or skin colour and that will be forever. Nobody is going to subdue us. We are stronger and they will never beat us”, he said among other things.
 
Greeting messages were also delivered by the General Secretary of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) Giorgos Mavrikos and Nikos Papanastasis, Lieutenant-Colonel (retired). General Secretary Mavrikos pointed out that the WFTU, which represents 92 million members in 126 countries, takes action in every corner of the world towards the support of workers’ rights. Within the framework, Mavrikos refered to a series of initiatives that the WFTU will take in the near future, as well as to the task of strengthening the class-based perception in international trade-union movement. 

 From his side, Lieutenant-Colonel Papanastasis, member of the “Movement for National Defense”, underlined among other things: “We, the military officers, have passed the largest part of our life in the camps and have a first-hand knowledge of what ‘NATO’ means. We know the dimension of the dramatic consequences for the people, resulted by our country’s participation on that. We know what blood-stained operational plans it has. Everyone knows the slaughtering of the people of Yugoslavia, as well as of other people” […] Wherever they go”, Papanastasis said, “NATO, the EU and the imperialists seed wars and misfortunes for the people”.
 
The major speech, on behalf of PAME’s Executive Committee, was delivered by its member Giorgos Perros. Among other things, cde Perros pointed out: “Today’s correspondence to the initiative of the hundreds of Trade Unions, Labour Centers, Workers Federations which rallied in PAME against imperialist war, interventions and incidents which are developing in our neighbourhood and throughout the world, is the road of hope, of perspective, of peaceful co-existence of the people. Our enemies are not the neighboring people, but NATO and the bases”.

A huge “river” of protesters marched through Thessaloniki’s seafront avenue and gathered outside the NATO “Rapid Deployable Corps” headquarters. In front of riot police forces, which had blocked the main entrance, thousands of demonstrators shouted anti-imperialist slogans and denounced the murderous policy of the USA, EU and NATO. “Murderers, thiefs and hypocrites are the European imperialists” and “Crisis, wars, uprooting, this is Capitalism” were some of the slogans shouted by the protesters.
 
The Two-Day Anti-imperialist activities of PAME in Thessaloniki ends tomorrow, Sunday 25/6, with an international meeting of Trade Unions. Yesterday, the representatives of foreign Trade Unions- among others from Syria, Turkey, Italy, Palestine, Egypt, Serbia– had the opportunity to visit and learn the historical background of two significant places of the city; the Yedi Kule prison where numerous communists were incarcerated as political prisoners during the 20th century and the memorial of the victims of the 1944 Chortiatis massacre, one of the most heinous atrocities committed by the Nazis in Greece during WWII occupation. 
 
Nikos Mottas, with info from 902.gr. 
24/6/2017.
“NATO Killers Go Home”: Trade Unions to raise their voice against imperialism in Thessaloniki

Thursday, June 22, 2017

“NATO Killers Go Home”: Trade Unions to raise their voice against imperialism in Thessaloniki

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/06/nato-killers-go-home-trade-unions-to.html
Large banner on the facade of the Thessaloniki
Labour Center calls for participation in the events.
The All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) continues the initiatives of common, unified workers’ struggle against NATO, against imperialism, its wars and interventions. After a series of international events, PAME is organizing a two-day event of Anti-War, Anti-Imperialist Action of Trade Unions of the Balkan and neighboring area.
Monday and Tuesday, June 19-20 were days of massive campaign in the workplaces against imperialism. Especially, as June 20 is the World Refugee Day, and Action Day of the European Regional Office of the WFTU in Solidarity with the Refugees, Against NATO and Imperialism. In this context there were visits to Refugee Camps and hosting facilities
PAME Executive Secretariat, on Monday, June 19, held a Press Conference to inform on the Program and aims of the 2 Day Anti-Imperialist Activities of PAME, the international support and its charter of demands. 
On June 24 a National Demonstration against the NATO headquarters in the area will take place at Thessaloniki’s Aristotelous Square, with the participation of unions from all over Greece and neighboring countries.
On June 25 PAME will host in Thessaloniki International Trade Union Meeting under the slogan “With The Workers Of All Countries, For A World Without Exploitation, Wars, And Refugees”. Till today, have confirmed their participation the following unions:
  •  World Federation of Trade Unions
  • Syria-General Federation of Trade Unions
  • Cyprus-PEO
  • Cyprus-KTOEOS
  • Serbia-SLOGA
  • Turkey-Birlesik Metal Is
  • Turkey-Nakliyat Is
  • Turkey-Toley Is
  • Egypt- GTUAFILW
  • Italy-USB
  • Palestine-WUCP.
Workers Against Imperialism: Large anti-NATO rally to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece on June 24th

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Workers Against Imperialism: Large anti-NATO rally to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece on June 24th

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/06/workers-against-imperialism-large-anti.html
“WITH THE WORKERS OF ALL COUNTRIES, FOR A WORLD WITHOUT EXPLOITATION, WARS AND REFUGEES”.
 
Within the framework of the Two-day Balkan Anti-War and Anti-Imperialist Action of Trade Unions, which will take place in Thessaloniki on 24-25 June 2017, the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) calls for mass participation in a large anti-imperialist, anti-NATO rally that will be held in Greece’s second largest city on Saturday 24th June. Numerous labor centers, workers’ unions and branch trade unions from all over the country will gather in Thessaloniki, in order to participate in a demonstration outside the city’s NATO headquarters (NRDC-GR) on the 24th of June.
In a statement, PAME points out that “the people have not any (common) interest with their exploitants, neither in peace nor in their wars. We rise the flag of the workers’ interests! We have nothing to divide with the working class of other countries, with the other people. On the contrary, the common interest of the struggle for a life without exploitation and poverty, without bosses, with the people ripping the wealth they produce, unites us. This is the life that belong to us!”.
 
On Sunday 25th June, the Labour Center of Thessaloniki will host a meeting of Trade & Workers Unions from the Balkans and countries of the broader region. Among the confirmed participants are: Unione Sindicale di Base (USB-Italy), Pancyprian Federation of Labour (Cyprus), Cyprus Turkish Secondary Education Teacher’s Union (KTOEOS-Cyprus), Workers Union Coalition (Palestine), Nakliyat-Is (Turkey), Turkey’s Hotel Restaurant and Entertainment Workers Trade Union (TOLEYIS). 
Political Knavery: SYRIZA government crushes people’s rights, votes for extra austerity measures

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Political Knavery: SYRIZA government crushes people’s rights, votes for extra austerity measures

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/06/political-knavery-syriza-government.html
“Butchers” of pensions, salaries, workers rights.
PM Alexis Tsipras (right) with Finance Minister
Euclid Tsakalotos.
With the 153 votes of the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government’s MPs, Greece’s parliament approved on Friday a handful of additional antipeople austerity measures demanded by creditors in order to unlock more than €7bn of aid and complete a much delayed second review of the so-called bailout progam. 
 
Once again, the government of Tsipras proves its role in doing the “dirty job” on behalf of the creditors and the big Capital. 

The extra austerity measures, which were added to draft legislation on fishing regulations in an attempt to speed up their passage through parliament, are related to further cuts in pensions and “freezing” of the collective contracts until 2022, taxation issues and electronic auction of properties. 
“The (political) degradation of the government has surpassed any limits” commented the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) the MPs of which- in a symbolic gesture – left the Parliament Hall after voting down the measures. During his intervention, the KKE MP Nikos Karathanasopoulos denouned the governmental measures and called the “workers to uprise, to counterattack, to condemn the policy of the government which consists a continuation of the previous governments’ policy, not only in its content but also in the way of its legislation”
 
The SYRIZA-ANEL government, through its Finance and Labour Ministers Euclid Tsakalotos and Efi Achtsioglou, invoked the debt issue (and the supposed facilitation of the Greek public debt) in order to justify the new harsh antipeople legislation. However, as KKE’s Karathanasopoulos mentioned, its the popular family that pays for the debt facilitation, adding that “the people are bleeding for a debt that they didn’t create and for which they are not responsible”
MP Karathanasopoulos also warned that the upcoming agreement between the SYRIZA-ANEL government and the creditors in the Eurogroup meeting of June 15th will be towards an antipeople-antiworkers direction.
 
In the meantime, hundreds of protesters responded to the call by PAME (All-Workers Militant Front) and gathered outside the Parliament’s entrance on Friday evening, demonstrating against the new slaughter of their rights. 
 
All-Workers Militant Front (PAME): ITUC and the Goals of the EU-IMF in Greece
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

All-Workers Militant Front (PAME): ITUC and the Goals of the EU-IMF in Greece

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/05/all-workers-militant-front-pame-ituc.html
In a message to its members in Greece, the GSEE-ADEDY, the international mechanism of the multinationals within the trade unions, the ITUC, “criticizes” the IMF-EU that they promote “wrong” policies in Greece and “do not succeed in their goals”.
We inform the ITUC that the IMF-EU-Greek Government have succeeded their goals 100%, because their goal is to destroy workers’ rights, so as to guarantee the profits of the monopolies.
Having no relation with class struggle, nor with the meaning of class exploitation, imperialism, capital, or working class, the ITUC repeats the arguments of the Greek Government of SYRIZA and the nationalist-racist ANEL party, about a “just growth”, which will supposedly will benefit the workers. 
Such arguments the Greek workers have been hearing them for years. Based on this “just growth” the Government of SYRIZA imposed a new Memorandum, while the ITUC members, the GSEE-ADEDY agreed with the wages cuts of more than 30% the last years.
It is not by accident that during the last strike, on May 17, the rally of GSEE-ADEDY numbered no more than 500 people….
KKE and PAME express solidarity with farmers and agricultural workers in West Bengal

Thursday, May 25, 2017

KKE and PAME express solidarity with farmers and agricultural workers in West Bengal

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/05/kke-and-pame-express-solidarity-with.html
The KKE denounces the barbaric attack of the forces of repression against mass organizations of poor farmers and agricultural workers in Calcutta, India, yesterday (22/5). The demonstrators, who had the support of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the West Bengal Left Front, demanded relief measures and marched to the headquarters of the state government in order to hand over a memorandum with their demands. The forces of repression unleashed an assault , attacking the demonstration and journalists, with the result that 900 demonstrators were injured and 100 of them are in a critical condition.
 
The government of the “Trinamul Congress” that expresses the interests of domestic and foreign monopolies in the state since 2011, when it entered office,  has carried out savage repression against the communist and people’s movement, with hundreds of dead.
 
The KKE denounces the anti-people government of West Bengal and the repressive measures against the people’s movement. It once again expresses its solidarity with the militant farmers’ movement of India, with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India.
 
International Relations Section of the CC of the KKE, 23.05.2017.

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The All Workers Militant Front, PAME, denounces the murderous attack by the forces of repression of Western Bengal, India, against the peaceful demonstration of poor farmers and farm workers. The forces of repression attacked the protest, but also the journalists, with water pumps and batons, injuring more than 900 protesters, of whom, 100 are in serious medical condition.
Farm workers and poor farmers in each country are confronted with the policies that serve the profitability of the large business groups. The attack against popular rights goes together with the repression.
PAME denounces the government of Western Bengal for the assault on the people who are struggling. We express our class solidarity with the people of India, with its unions and popular – social organizations.
Statements by the WFTU and PAME: Solidarity with the bus drivers’ strike in Sydney

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Statements by the WFTU and PAME: Solidarity with the bus drivers’ strike in Sydney

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The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, expresses its solidarity with Sydney bus drivers who are on strike as a response to the government’s announcement for a privatization program of bus services in the city’s south and inner west.
The privatization plan was announced, despite the fact that the government assured the bus drivers in writing that the bus route will not be privatized. According to the strikers, the privatization will cost the job of 1,200 drivers, will reduce the bus routes and stops and will adversely affect the quality of service and the maintenance of the buses.
The WFTU stands by the side of the strikers and calls the people of Australia to support them in this struggle. We condemn the Industrial Relations Commission which announced the strike illegal, ordering the drivers to work normally. The right for strike is an non-negotiable workers’ right and the bourgeoisie cannot disarm the trade union movement from this.


The Urban Transport Secretariat of PAME (All Workers Militant Front) that represents the class trade union movement of Greece, and the bus drivers of Athens, expresses its support to the bus drivers of Sydney, Australia, who are on strike against Privatizations.
The attack of the Capital against the workers escalates on global level. Transport sector is on the front line of this attack.
Our struggles and solidarity among the workers is necessary for the counterattack of the working class against the offensive of the Governments and the Capitalists.
The Urban Transport Secretariat of PAME expresses its solidarity with the workers in buses of Sydney​.