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(en) greece, Libertarian Initiative of Thessaloniki: Anti-NATO-NATO march in anticipation of the arrival of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo [machine translation]

Date Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:14:35 +0300

Monday 28/9, 18:00 at the Statue of Venizelos. ---- Imperialist diplomacy is the robbery and bloodshed of the peoples. ---- Mike Pompeo unwanted! ---- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to visit Greece on September 28-30, visiting Thessaloniki, Athens and Souda, just days after a summit of EU leaders on the tense situation in Eastern Mediterranean and the Greek-Turkish dispute over the EEZ. His meetings with Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias are already scheduled. Although the specific visit of the US Secretary of State is communicated as a supposed intervention to de-escalate the tension in the Aegean, the reality advocates the deepening of the Greek state in the geostrategic plans of the American imperialism,

Every visit of an American politician to Greece traditionally implies the promotion of business movements of the American capital. On September 21, executives from the US-based International Development Finance Corporation, led by CEO Adam Boiler, visited the Maximos Palace and met with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, where they shook hands after agreeing on a quick investment. $ 5 billion in energy, infrastructure and technology. Also, the US interest in shipping investments in the Elefsina Shipyards and in the ports of Alexandroupolis, Kavala and Igoumenitsa became clear, after the completion of ONEX's investment in Syros, which is now certified by the US Navy for the maintenance of US warships. In short, the sale of public funds to American business groups is underway. Of course, necessary conditions for these investments are the sharpening of the class devaluation of the workers and the cutting off of their rights.

The Greek state, by providing a steady supply to the American imperialists, seeks its premium from the latter in its perpetual competition with the Turkish state in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean. German, French and American imperialists are ready to take on the role of mediator, to discipline the Greek and Turkish states in the demands of the EU and NATO. However, any attempt at diplomatic compromise is taking place in a particularly tense climate, as NATO troops have flooded the Mediterranean. It is a given, then, that the situation in our neighborhood is particularly deplorable. Those who light the wicks of war want to present themselves as peacemakers, to promote the interests of their bourgeoisie and to shape the geopolitical chessboard of the Eastern Mediterranean. As long as the imperialists ignite transnational rivalries, they will conspire for the peace and security of the peoples, while at the same time hoarding the war industries and business groups, as the respective investments and economic agreements will always be used as extortionate terms for any apparent aid. the patrons to their subordinates.

The United States has assigned the Greek state the role of watchdog in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans. For this very reason, the Greek territory has been transformed into a vast NATO base. American imperialism is constantly competing with the Russian and Chinese agents in the region. The Russians are trying to extend their influence in Cyprus (see Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit to Cyprus) and Serbia (see joint Russian-Serbian military exercises in Belarus), while the Chinese are competing and overcoming American capital in a number of business activities. At the same time, however, the US is struggling to keep Turkey "anchored in the West," as US Ambassador to Greece Jeffrey Payat said a few days ago.

Be that as it may, the quarrels and rivalries between the Greek and Turkish bourgeoisie, between the Greek and the Turkish state, do not concern the interests of the working class on both sides of the Aegean. Our interests do not coincide with those of monopoly groups, such as Exxon Mobile, Total and ELPE, which are going to make a fortune from hydrocarbon mining. The existing transnational dispute between Greece and Turkey is done exclusively for the prefecture of economic and political power in the region, through the delimitation of the EEZs, the exploitation of energy deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean and the control of the transit trade of energy.

The states are trying to blind the people with the nationalist poison, in order to drag them into a war for the interests of the capitalists. Thus, a particularly dangerous war-torn climate, a feverish war preparation and a strong mobilization and vigilance in the Greek and Turkish civilian armies have been formed. Unilateral and myopic accusations are thrown out from each side, each of which claims the "right" in its part by defending its bourgeoisie. Of course, the imperialist rivalries and nationalist narratives that are now becoming the flags of the two states are systematically and subtly silenced by the bourgeois press and the capitalist media, trying to shape a nationalist and anti-bourgeois tendency towards the bourgeoisie. .

The Greek state, which spends 2.4% of its GDP annually on NATO spending, announced the next steps of its further militarization: recruitment of 15,000 permanent servicemen, proposal to increase military service to 12 months, proposal for compulsory military service to 18, doubling annual state budget for military spending, a desire to buy planes, torpedoes, ammunition from France, a possible purchase of frigates from Germany and an upgrade of 84 F-16 aircraft that will cost many billions of euros. The Greek state squanders the money from the public coffers, what it grabs from the toiling and starving people, in order to upgrade its militaristic mechanism, which is in line with the attempted developmental reconstruction of the Greek capital, NATO's war plans, but also the suppression of any attempted mass expression of social disobedience and class anger from below. This money could be used to meet the immediate needs of the people, for salaries, pensions, benefits and allowances, health, education, housing, electricity and water for the poor. The state, however, shows us at every opportunity which class it serves; that is, the few and the privileged, the capitalists.

In a possible war or hot episode between Greece and Turkey in the guillotine of the imperialist slaughterhouse will put the peoples of the region, the producers of wealth and the youth of the two countries. But the oppressed and the exploited, wherever we are on the map, we have nothing to separate us from. We must understand the community of our class interests and on this basis organize our counterattack against those who oppress us and live by our toil. We are not going to fight for the interests of local and international bosses, we are not going to fight for any homeland, nor are we going to turn the barrels of arms on the working classes of other countries, from which the rulers are trying to separate us by any artificial means.

It is the duty of the oppressed and exploited to sabotage the machine of imperialist war and prevent the spread of nationalist poison in the social body! Therefore, it is imperative to strengthen the international anti-war and anti-imperialist movement on the basis of proletarian internationalism and the relentless anti-capitalist, revolutionary struggle. Only a united world proletariat, class-organized and politically organized, can prevent the war plans of the capitalist oligarchy, clash and overthrow the state and the capitalists, to lead collectively, ruthlessly and horizontally the economic and social life, for the construction of a stateless and classless society, of liberal communism.

CLASS AND internationalist enlisting OF PEOPLES FOR THE PREVENTION OF imperialist war





Thessaloniki Freedom Initiative (member of the Anarchist Federation)

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