Announcement of Protest rally against the visit of the General Secretary of NATO to Greece on 6th October 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020

The Greek Committee for International Détente and Peace (EEDYE), labor unions, self-employed associations, student associations, the Hellenic Women's Federation (OGE) and other structures of the peoples’ movement in Athens denounce and condemn the visit of General Secretary of NATO Jens Stoltenberg to Greece , on Tuesday 6 October 2020.

A few days after the Greek-Turkish agreement on the so-called "military de-escalation mechanism" within NATO, the war hawk Stoltenberg visits Ankara and Athens with the aim of promoting cohesion in NATO's southeast wing, at a time when antagonisms between NATO- USA - EU are intensifying with Russia, China with the involvement of dozens of states in our region, while at the same time Turkish aggressiveness is escalating to the detriment of the sovereign rights and territorial integrity of our country.

The argument of the government of New Democracy and of SYRIZA, and other parties, which are trying to present NATO, the USA, the EU as supposed factors of security and stability in the region, is collapsing in practice. On the contrary, it becomes clear that their only goal is to serve their own economic and military plans, on the backs of the peoples.

The latest developments are being revealed with:

• the recent visit of the US Secretary of State M.Pompeo, to our country, accompanied by discussions on the continuation of the infamous "Strategic Dialogue Greece - USA"

• the plans for new Euro-Atlantic Bases and infrastructure

• the deeper involvement of our country in the imperialist plans

• the stance of the EU and NATO throwing water on the mill of Turkish aggressiveness

In this context and in the complex negotiations with the Turkish bourgeoisie that is in progress, the visit of the general secretary of NATO to our country is fitting and bringing deadly dangers for the Greek people and the peoples of the region.

Now more than ever, readiness and vigilance are required. We call upon our people to condemn with their actions the further deepening of the involvement of our country in the imperialist plans and wars. To intensify the struggle to close the Souda base and all the Euro-Atlantic bases, against any change of the borders and the conditions that define them, for the disengagement from the EU and NATO with the people masters in their land.