Tuesday, May 1, 2018

#MayDay in Greece: Thousands joined PAME strike demonstrations across the country

Under the slogan "Against exploitation and the Imperialist war for the people's final victory", the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) organized militant demonstrations in Athens, Thessaloniki and other major cities on the occasion of the Workers' May Day.

In Athens, a large crowd gathered at Syntagma Square, in front of the Parliament building, sending a militant message of struggle against the continuous antipeople-antiworkers measures of the SYRIZA-ANEL government, as well as against the imperialist wars and Greece's participation in NATO-EU's plans. 

The rally at Syntagma Square opened with anti-war songs, inspired from the 1999 resistance of the Greek people against NATO's war in Yugoslavia, as well as from the struggle of Palestinian people. A message for the Workers' Day was delivered on behalf of the World Federation of Trade Unions and a common statement from 25 Workers' Unions from 16 countries. 

The major speech was delivered by the member of PAME's Executive Secretariat Giorgos Perros, while greeting messages were read by the Palestinian ambassador Marwan Toumbassi and the President of the Serbian Trade Union "Sloga" Zeljko Veselinovic.

The rally was attended by a large delegation of the Communist Party of Greece, headed by the General Secretary of the Party's Central Committee Dimitris Koutsoumbas. The demonstration was followed by a march towards the U.S. Embassy, where the protesters shouted antiimperialist-antiwar slogans. 

In Thessaloniki, thousands of people participated in the PAME May Day rally, marching through the city center and paying tribute at the tobacco workers memorial. This memorial, in the junction of Egnatia and Venizelou streets, reminds the large 1936 workers' strike in the city which was drowned in blood by the Metaxas dictatorship. 

Similar May Day strike demonstrations were organized by PAME in other major Greek cities, such as Patra, Heraklion, Larisa, Volos, Ioannina and Alexandroupolis.  

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