On April 6, in the port of Thessaloniki, the police violently and without any justification attacked the protesters participating in the mass strike called against imperialist war, the sending of weapons to Ukraine and the growing involvement of Greece in the warmongering plans of the US-EU-NATO imperialist bloc. A member of the CC of the KKE was seriously injured. The police violence was followed by the equally unjustified arrest of 8 demonstrators, including two members of the CC of the Party, a member of the Central Council of KNE and a journalist of the party newspaper “Rizozpastis”, who was also injured.
The arrested comrades were released on April 7, thanks to the pressure of the workers’ and popular movement, but remain indicted for heavy charges, ranging from resistance and violence against public officials to damage to foreign property. The trial was set for June 15th.
Once again, the bourgeois state responds with violence, repression and legal persecution to the just protest of the workers against the ever more direct involvement of our countries in the imperialist war in Ukraine. The consequences of the clash between great powers, fought on the skin of the peoples of all the parties to the conflict, are already extremely severe for workers in terms of generalized rise in prices and rates, in particular for transport, energy and basic goods, of increased unemployment because of the closure of many companies due to sanctioning hysteria, of general worsening of the economic cycle, which has clearly entered a phase of stagflation and recession. Furthermore, the increase in military spending and the frenzied supply of armaments to Ukraine, in addition to pushing the end of the conflict further and further away, are causing a surge in public debt that the imperialist bourgeoisie clearly intends to make the working class and the popular strata pay for, through increased taxation and further cuts in essential services, such as healthcare and education.
The current climate of witch hunt is absolutely intolerable, as well as the public lynching of anyone who tries to objectively analyze the situation in disagreement with the disinformation of the pounding bourgeois propaganda and with war censorship, which prevent any opposing opinion and even remove the Pope’s words from news. The attack is inadmissible on cultural values which are World heritage of humanity; such a barbaric fury has precedents only in the burning of books by Nazis and in the iconoclasm of religious fundamentalism.
In this situation, the Communist Front (Italy) has chosen its battlefield: against any oligarchic regime, any bourgeois government, any imperialist state, we stand alongside the workers and the peoples, for the overthrow of capitalism which is the true cause of all wars, for the establishment of workers’ power, for socialism-communism which sole can insure peace, freedom and justice.
In this spirit we express our militant internationalist solidarity with the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) and the comrades unjustly hit by bourgeois violence and repression. We call to intensify the mobilization to block the war plans of US-EU-NATO with joint actions of struggle for the unilateral exit of our countries from NATO and the EU.
FREEDOM FOR THE ARRESTED GREEK COMRADES!
NOT EVEN A EURO, NOT EVEN A SOLDIER FOR NATO WARS!
OUT OF NATO! NATO OUT OF OUR COUNTRIES! PROLETARIANS ALL OVER THE WORLD, UNITE!
Rome, April 7, 2022.
COMMUNIST FRONT (ITALY)
The Political Bureau of the Central Committee