February 3, 2023

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An action against NATO and fascism in Ukraine took place near the monument to a Soviet soldier in Athens

The action against NATO and fascism in Ukraine took place in Athens near the monument to the Soviet soldier on Singru Avenue. About 50 people took part in the event, all of them are representatives of the World Anti-Imperialist Platform movement. The organizers noted that the action is symbolic.

“Such actions are taking place today in 20 countries of the world, in 30 cities. Today, a forum of the anti-imperialist platform is being held in Belgrade. More than 20 leftist and communist parties from Europe, Latin Europe, Asia have signed it. As far as I know, they plan to sign it in Russia,” rally participant Triandafillos Meymaris told RIA Novosti.

He also added that the platform intends to wage an anti-imperialist struggle against the US and NATO, as well as support the Russian special operation in Ukraine. “In addition to theory, various actions are also planned. In particular, in Greece they are against participation in the war,” Meimaris said.

The participants of the event unfurled posters with the inscriptions “The shells that Greece sends to the Ukrainian Nazis are killing civilians in the Donbass”, “We will not pay for the NATO war in Ukraine”, “Peace and friendship with Russia! Stop sanctions! No participation in the war against her! “,” No high cost, no unemployment, no energy poverty”, “The defeat of NATO is a victory for mankind”, “How long will we obey NATO? Quit NATO and EU“. On one of the banners they also wrote “Neither with NATO, nor with NATO.” Answering a question from a RIA Novosti correspondent about such a strange wording, the organizers stressed that this is irony about some parties that say “neither with Russia, nor with NATO “. That’s why we wrote “neither with NATO, nor with NATO.” You can’t put Russia together with the imperialists on the same level. Everyone here supports Russia in the fight against fascism,” the participants said.
One activist said that the bureaucracy in the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) is trying to manipulate the international communist movement by claiming “equal distancing”, leading to a split in the party. “Many members of the KKE do not agree with the leadership, they support Russia and believe that it is fighting for its independence, and not just against Nazism, but they cannot openly express their position,” he said. According to the rally participants, the leftist movements, including those in Greece, are under enormous pressure from the authorities.
At the rally, the slogans “Americans are the killers of peoples”, “NATO, get out of Ukraine”, “Money for education and health care, not for the war in Ukraine” were chanted at the rally. An address from the forum of the World Anti-Imperialist Platform was also read out. “The imperialists will not be satisfied with anything less than the complete destruction of Russia as an independent state, dividing it into controlled parts, subjugating and exploiting its people, and openly plundering its resources by transnational corporations. For decades, the United States and its allies have been preparing the peoples of Eastern Europe to so that they are ready to serve them as soldiers in this mission,” the appeal reads.

As the authors of the document note, in Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, the same tactics were used as in Ukraine, communism was declared a crime, and the Nazis and their accomplices in World War II were made national heroes. “From kindergartens to universities, from museums to monuments, history has been rewritten, fratricidal nationalism has taken the place of socialist brotherhood,” the appeal says. The platform stated that now in Kosovo they continue to terrorize the population, a regime of nationalists has been created there, similar to which the people of Donbass are fighting. “Our duty is to unite with all opponents of imperialism and cooperate with them until the defeat of the NATO alliance,” the appeal says.

“Such actions are taking place today in 20 countries of the world, in 30 cities. Today, a forum of the anti-imperialist platform is being held in Belgrade. More than 20 leftist and communist parties from Europe, Latin Europe, Asia have signed it. As far as I know, they plan to sign it in Russia,” rally participant Triandafillos Meymaris told RIA Novosti.

He also added that the platform intends to wage an anti-imperialist struggle against the US and NATO, as well as support the Russian special operation in Ukraine. “In addition to theory, various actions are also planned. In particular, in Greece they are against participation in the war,” Meimaris said.



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