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Greece: Massive Anti-war Demonstrations

19. February 2003

Thessaloniki Resistance 2003, 16/2/03

On Saturday 15/2/03, huge demonstrations took place in 43 cities and towns in Greece. In Athens, more than 150,000 people marched from the Parliament Building to the American Embassy. In Thessaloniki, more than 25,000 marched towards the American Consulate. Thousands of people in the four main cities of the island of Crete demanded the closure of the American naval base of Souda. In Larissa (Central Greece), thousands of demonstrators marched towards South East NATO HQ.

The demonstrators shouted slogans against the forthcoming war prepared by USA and in solidarity to Iraqi and Palestinian peoples. The slogans were also against the Greek government which allows USA to use the military bases for attacks against Iraq. On Friday 14/2, civil servants were on strike for two hours as a reaction against the war.

The initiative Thessaloniki Resistance 2003 participated in the demonstrations with big blocks and anti-war, anti-imperialist slogans. Also, Thessaloniki Resistance 2003 proposes a wider anti-war coordination to other initiatives for the continuation and development of the struggle.

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