Sunday, June 18, 2017

Greek soldiers declare NATO forces "unwelcome"


With an open letter, soldiers from military camps in Evros and Thrace in Greece express their protest against the facilitations that Greece's Armed Forces provide to NATO's exercise "Noble Jump"

More speficially, the soldiers denounce the SYRIZA-ANEL government for providing Greek "territory and waters" to NATO's forces and underline that the governmental policy consists "a provocation for the soldiers, who are children of the Greek people, especially after the reactions of soldiers and the popular movement which, for at least 20 days, with statements, demonstrations, reports and letters from Greece and Cyprus, have expressed their opposition to NATO".

In their letter, the soldiers write: "We are not assistant staff to NATO forces". 

"We express our opposition to the use of ports, airports, roads, camps and other infrastructure of our country by NATO's military forces. They must not set their foot in our country's soil. They are not welcome", the Greek soldiers conclude in their open letter.

The above letter of soldiers consists part of an escalation of anti-imperialist mobilizations and actions within the working-people's movement against Greece's participation in NATO's dangerous plans. A few weeks ago, members of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) had created a human chain in Egnatia motorway, close to the city of Kozani, thus blocking the way to a NATO convoy which was passing through northern Greece in order to participate to the "Noble Jump" military exercise in Romania. 

Numerous anti-NATO demonstrations took place this month in Alexandroupolis and other cities, while a large anti-imperialist rally, organised by the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME), will be held in Thessaloniki on Saturday 24th June. 

Source: Rizospastis / Translation: In Defense of Communism.