The Greek Committtee for International Detente and Peace (EEDYE) organized massive commemorative event on 9th August on the Athens “Acropolis” where the crimes of imperialism were denounced and the need for the struggle today against imperialist wars and aggressions was underlined.
Hundreds of peace loving people gathered and commemorated the US bombing of the martyr cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 71 years ago.
The banners of EEDYE were reading: We honor the victims of the nuclear holocaust in Hiroshima and Nagasaki,we demand the abolition of nuclear weapons. e demand the closure of all Euro-Atlantic Military Bases and Headquarters. Out of the NATO and the EU with our people master of its fortunes.
After the end of the event a peace march took place starting from the Acropolis through the sterets of the ancient center of Athens ending at Syntagma Square. The slogans of the peolle sounded loudly and were reading: “NATO out of the Aegean Sea”, “The Imperialists are re-deviding the world with the blood of the peoples re-designing the borders”, “Crisis, Wars, Poverty and Unemployment are filling the pockets of the plutocracy”
The central speech of the event was held by Elpida Pantelaki, General Secretary of EEDYE who underlined amongst others:
“We condemn the biggest imperialist crime of killing civilian population caused by the American imperialists 71 years ago in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and we defend the historical memory from the imperialist propaganda that this was necessary in order to supposedly end the war. The imperialist atrocity in Hiroshima and Nagasaki aimed at terrorizing the peoples which had just opened a new way with the anti-fascist victory and the victory of the USSR and the workers and revolutionary movement. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not mean the end of the circles of wars and internventions where with the use of weapons of mass destructions so many wars and destruction of environment and human inheritage have followed….
….Huge amounts of money are being spent for new sophisticated weapons,for “smart” nuclear weapons by the USA,and other imperialist states to the dtriment of the peoples living the consequences of the economic crisis of the system….
…In front of this unending pain and destruction the imperialist war machinery has caused it constittes a blant provocation to observed the statement of US President Obama in his recent visit to Hiroshima and his speech about memory while arming and preparing his war machine for new wars. President Obama mentioned that humanity has to learn out of the experience of Hiroshima and the Japanese government gave its consent to change constitutional provisions and add itself to the war plans of US imperialism by sending troops abroad….
… The recent decisions of the NATO summit in Warsaw 8-9 July, confirm the criminal character of the imperialist organisms NATO-EU and unveal the real and eminent danger of a generalized conflict. It was aproved-with the agreement of the Greek government- to deploy along the Russian borders a “Missile Defence Shield” in Poland and Romania, a permanent NATO force in the Back Sea, in the Aegean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and thus to increase the readiness for the use even of of Nuclear Weapons, trying to secure a first strike option from their side…
… We denounce the decisions of the NATO summit and call upon the people to massively and decisively condemn the government’s plans to participate actively in them for the sake of the “geostrategical upgradeing “ of the role of Greece. This is leading to the support of the profits and interests of local and foreign monopolies and it is binding the country and our people to intra-imperialist competitions which will be resolved by wars, with unpredictable cost of human lives and destruction..
… Such days of the anniversary of the crime in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, even the “hawks” of the imperialist wars are speaking about a “world of peace without nuclear weapons”. It is the same forces who trample the declarations and accords about nuclear disarmament which they have signed themselves. It is the same forces who attack the the peoples on daily basis whether during the imperialist peace or imperialist wars, which are the two sides of the system which is bearing wars, misery and refugees. They are liars and assasins of the peoples when it comes to safeguard the rule of thir power and of their profits. Their power lies in their armies, mecahnisms of repression and the media manipulation. Bu they are not all-powerful. The peoples have proved in the course of history that they can fight back the imperialists, they can defeta capitalist barbarity and win. Despite the difficult and negative correlation of forces of the struggle today, the peoples can win if they will realize their own force which is unbeatbable. Therefore we stress with our slogan: No surrender to imperialism-The only superpower are the peoples!…
… Therefore we join our forces and demand the disengament of our country from NATO and the EU, with our people masters of its fortunes. We strenthen the struggle against the involvement of our country in the imperialist plans and wars. We fight for the abolition of all nuclear weapons and nuclear tests. We demand the close down of all foreign military bases and headquarters in Greece and the return of all Greek troops abroad from NATO and Eu missions.”
The Peace Committee of Heraklion in Crete also held event on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and produced one video on this occasion.