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SYRIZA press release for the 69th anniversary of the big anti-fascist victory




May 8. 2014

69 years have passed since the end of World War II (8-9, May 1945) and that day is celebrated as a day of remembrance and social vigilance.

We express our deepest respect to each one that stood up and resisted to the fascist aggression, to each person that fought and sacrificed, to everyone that was imprisoned and tortured in the Nazi concentration camps.

Our country was among the ones with the highest percentage of human life losses from the total population. In Greece, one of the most heroic movements of national resistance was founded during the war, a movement that struggled for a «free country and universal freedom».

Today, we ask, more assertively than ever, for the fair request of the Greek people to be met, regarding Germany’s reparation fees to our country, an issue that has long been ignored by several Greek governments.  

The slogan “No more war- never again fascism”, which symbolically sealed the popular antifascist victory, is a timeless phrase of great value even today. New risks for International Peace emerge in Europe and the rest of the world while people are challenged and the society is being dissolved by the extreme austerity policies. At the same time, international relations are increasingly militarized, most notably in the Middle East.  

Today, the attention of everyone in Europe is in Ukraine, a country that undergoes a bloody civil war, with the recent massacre in Odessa being the tragic culmination of the conflict. It is a duty of every pacifist force within Europe, to urge the need and promote a peaceful and democratic resolution of the extremely dangerous crisis in Ukraine, based on International Law and the principles of the U.N. Charter.

In these times of crisis, the repulsive phenomenon of xenophobia and other forms of racism, are on the rise both in Greece and in several other countries..

Given its increasing international influence, SYRIZA is working on the creation of a European anti-fascist front, which will act in favor of peace and democracy and will fight for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the removal of foreign military bases in Europe.

The Press Office




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