Massive rally against Obama's visit in Athens despite SYRIZA-ANEL governments' oppressive precautions.
ICP, 16 November 2016
Thousands of people, workers, young men and women, participated in a massive rally in central Athens against the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama under the slogans "Neither land nor water to the murderers of the people", "Get NATO out of the Aegean" and “The imperialists re-divide the world, they draw the borders with the blood of the peoples”. The demonstrations took place with massive participation although it was banned by the SYRIZA-ANEL government.
The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumbas participated in the demonstration and made the following statement to reporters:
"We deliver a militant 'welcome' to the president of the USA; of an imperialist state which, among other things, especially during the last years with the capitalist economic crisis, leads the "crows" of IMF which bleed the Greek people. A state which causes military coup d' etats, which causes interventions, imperialist wars, from Ukraine to Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Asia, Latin America. A state which murders civilians in these countries, which creates the large wave of refugee flows, which afflict and uproot thousands, millions of people from their homes, thus afflicting these people, the Greek people, the Aegean islands.
Against this provocation, as well as for the past of the United States and the present, the KKE, the class labour union movement, the Greek people as a whole and the pro-peace powers contend a thunderous NO against the USA, NATO, the "alliances of wolves" and their wars. We denounce the government of the- supposed- "first time Left" of SYRIZA-ANEL which tried, with all possible ways, to impose cemetery silence today in Athens. We respond in a militant way, we are here, at the front line, we demonstrate, exactly because we don't surrender, we don't compromise, we give neither land nor water to the murderers of the people".
The Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) had issued a statement on the occasion of the visit of the outgoing US president, Barack Obama, to Greece. KKE,had stated in its statement that they found the visit of Obama very provocative for the people and the youth especially during the anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising against the military dictatorship imposed with the support of the U.S and NATO.
KKE had called on the working people, the youth, all Greek people to give a militant "welcome" to the outgoing President of the USA, Barack Obama, who visits the country in a period when the aggressive plans of NATO-USA-EU in the region are intensifying, with Greece's active participation and with huge dangers for the Greek people and other peoples of the region.
(See the link for the full statement of CC of the KKE)