Monday, September 25, 2017

Powerful message for struggle: At least 250,000 people attended KNE-Odigitis Festival in Athens

With the tremendous, unprecedented participation of thousands of people of all ages, the three-day events of the 43rd Festival of the Communist Youth of Greece and its newspaper "Odigitis" were concluded in Athens. 

According to KNE, the number of the people who attended the cultural and political events of the festival reaches the record high of 250,000.

The third and last day of the Festival, among other events, included a large concert dedicated to the late composer Manos Loizos, with the participation of popular singers like George Dalaras, Maria Farantouri and Vasilis Papakonstantinou. The concert took place on the occasion of the 80 years since the birth of Loizos, one of Greece's most talented composers who died at the age of 45. 

The Festival, which was dedicated to the 100 years since the Great Socialist October Revolution, sent a powerful message for the continuation of the struggle with a massive political event on Saturday evening. The event began with a video including a sensational audio document of Lenin's voice and continued with the central speech delivered by the Secretary General of the CC of the KKE Dimitris Koutsoumbas. The Secretary of the CC of KNE Nikos Abatielos also delivered a greeting message. 

"The future is here! Honoring the October Revolution, the great historical event of the 20th century which, 100 years ago, paved the way. So that we, the working class, the peoples of the whole world, take measures in the 21st century, making him the century of the definite victory of the "new" over the "old", to leave our mark in History, to conquer the future of socialism-communism" said, among other things, Secretary Koutsoumbas. 

In a powerful speech, Dimitris Koutsoumbas called the working class, the popular strata, the youth, to go together with the KKE, for the counter-attack and people's victory. 

"Come together with the KKE, because it never abandoned the revolutionary struggle", Dimitris Koutsoumbas underlined and continued: "It did not deny the 20th century's socialism. It did not hide that against the brutal dictatorship of the capital, there is only the "dictatorship of the proletariat", that is the power of the working class which, along with her valuable social allies, consist the overwhelming popular majority, the only capable to pave the way for the real freedom, peace, for the satisfaction of the big modern popular needs". 

Secretary Koutsoumbas concluded his speech by declaring: "We continue on the way opened by the October Socialist Revolution. For the victory. For socialism-communism".

(The whole speech of the KKE Secretary General will be published within the next few days)