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(en) Greece, Patras, anarchist group "bad horse" APO: Rally against the visit of the American Minister Ex. Mike Pompeo [machine translation]

Date Thu, 1 Oct 2020 13:06:38 +0300

Announcement regarding the visit of the Minister. Ex. of the USA in Greece ---- Patras: Rally against the visit of the American Minister Ex. Mike Pompeo. Monday 28 September 18.00 Georgiou square ---- In the next few days, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will pay a three-day visit to Greece, which is expected to be in Thessaloniki, Souda and Athens. ---- This visit comes at a special time. Recently, the intensification of transnational rivalries and war preparations in Greece and Turkey has been continuous and increasing, with the main goal of establishing an Exclusive Economic Zone for the exploitation of energy resources in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean and the control of energy trade corridors. The visit of Pompeo, according to the state department, aims, among others, to defuse this tension between the two states. Of course, this controversy is part of the wider conflict in recent years in the Eastern Mediterranean over sharing, the control and exploitation of the natural resources of the wider region between the transnational mechanisms that systematically unfold their competition in it and the active and leading role of the USA and its allies in its development. For this reason, in the recent Greek-Turkish confrontation, the involvement of central imperialist powers such as the USA, France and NATO in an effort to develop more and more military mechanisms in the particularly crucial, geopolitical, region and SE Mediterranean region became visible and open. achieving the most favorable correlations in the global energy market. The release of this tension, then, is not simply not the purpose of this trip of the American Secretary of State.

At the same time, Pompeo's presence in Greece today, in addition to the various trade, energy, economic and military agreements it seeks, basically comes to reaffirm this timeless relationship of obedience and attachment of the Greek state and the local bourgeoisie to the fierce rivalries of the region. with the US and NATO and thus reaffirm the role of representative of their interests in the region.

Pompeo is also coming to inspect the large US military force that is ready to sow death on the planet and is based at military bases across the country, which are upgraded after the recent Greek-American agreement to stay, strengthen and expand the bases in Araxos, Alexandroupoli, Larissa, Andravida, Stefanovikeio and Souda. An agreement that -among other things- allows the US to maintain military infrastructure inside the facilities of the Greek armed forces and to use for military purposes the country's political infrastructure, turning Greece into a vast military base for their imperialist plans.

Of course, for the Greek state, in this period of geopolitical liquidity, it is important to use this visit as an opportunity to state again that it is firmly oriented towards the aspirations of the dominant political and economic elite, NATO and the European Union, whose is an integral part seeking to be tied in even more direct and non-negotiable terms to the chariot of the western imperialist bloc playing the role of gendarme and placeholder in the region of the southeastern Mediterranean and the Balkans.

Besides, the participation of the Greek state in the field of war preparation, competitions or even conflicts in the wider region is also active. Characteristic is the agreement on the name of Northern Macedonia and its accession to NATO in exchange for the aerial military surveillance of the neighboring state by the Greek. We also do not forget the bombings in Syria from the Souda base, the applause of the deadly attack of the American army at the Baghdad airport against Iranian officers, the enhanced cooperation with a number of neighboring countries and the tripartite (Greece - Cyprus - Israel, - Egypt) and quadripartite (Greece - Serbia - Bulgaria - Romania) conferences with joint military exercises in the Cypriot EEZ, the ongoing military exercises with the participation of various states, the support and stable cooperation with the state of Israel that slaughters the Palestinians. The last link in this chain is the announcement by the Greek state of a package of 10 billion euros for new military armaments programs, while at the same time it continues to faithfully fulfill its armaments commitments to NATO, being one of the few states that spend annually "Required" - by the US - a pile of money, to the point that it receives for this reason the "praise" from the US political staff.
The growing involvement of the Greek state in the war plans of NATO and its allies highlights the need to mobilize a massive and militant anti-war movement that will target the real culprits, putting international solidarity among the peoples as the only option in front of the perspective of a generalized war. When states and bosses redistribute land, the rulers expand their "spheres of influence", conflicts escalate over economic and energy resources, EEZs and pipelines, and the drums of war sound even louder, the blood of the peoples smells poured and will be poured for their interests. Peoples and societies based on their own strengths and far from any would-be protector can fight for their own interests. To fight for a dignified life away from wars, poverty, refuge and misery. To fight for a better world of equality, solidarity, justice, self-determination and peaceful coexistence.

Grabbing the thread from the anti-war mobilizations of earlier times and drawing inspiration from them, let us build a strong internationalist movement from below against war, fascism, imperialism and modern totalitarianism.



anarchist group "bad horse" / member of APO

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