Tuesday, October 1, 2019

POMPEO GO HOME: Greek anti-imperialists to protest against Mike Pompeo's visit in Athens

The anti-imperialist movement in Greece prepares a militant "welcome" for the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who is going to visit the country on Saturday 5th of October. 

Demonstrations against the renewal of the Greece-U.S. Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) and the visit of Pompeo have been scheduled to take place in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities. 

In a statement issued today, the Political Bureau of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) calls "the workers, the people and the youth to rise against the visit of the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and mainly against the transformation of Greece into a vast US-NATO base".

The KKE statement, which was published on 902 portal, calls for "mass participation in the mobilizations of the anti-war, anti-imperialist movement which will take place all over the country against the visit of the U.S. Secretary of State". It also calls the people to "support the activities for the closure of the U.S-NATO military bases in Greece and the country's disengagement from the dangerous imperialist plans and competitions". 

Towards this direction the KKE has issued a poster with the title "Pompeo GO HOME", while similar pamphlets (against the visit of Pompeo and the renewal of the US-Greek MDCA) have been published by the Greek Committee for Internatonal Detente and Peace (EEDYE). 

The U.S. Secretary of State is scheduled to arrive in Athens on Saturday 5th October, where he will have meetings with Greek government's officials. The visit marks the continuation of the U.S-Greece Strategic Dialogue which, among other things, include the upgrade and expansion of the U.S. military bases in Souda, Crete and mainland Greece. 

The demonstration against Pompeo's visit in Athens has been set for 12 noon at Syntagma Square, while the protesters are going to march towards the U.S. embassy.