Solidarity with the mayor of Patras. Photo: KKEThe courts of Patras unanimously found the Mayor of the city, Kostas Peletidis, innocent on the 23/2. He had been brought to trial because he did not provide space to the murderers-Nazis of Golden Dawn to propagandize their fascist views and spread their racist poison in the parliamentary elections of 2015. The verdict was greeted by the prolonged applause and slogans of the thousands gathered outside the courthouse of Patras.

The prosecution was carried out against him after the lawsuit filed by the former MP of Nazi Golden Dawn, because the communist Mayor, implementing the unanimous decision of the Municipal Council, did not facilitate the activity of the Nazi criminal organization of Golden Dawn, doing his duty to the people. Indeed in conditions where we have the “left” government of SYRIZA-ANEL, the mechanisms of the bourgeois state took a position against him. After the intervention of the fascists, these mechanisms raised the issue of the legality of the decisions of the Municipal Council and Mayor.

Kostas Peletidis, immediately after the court issued its verdict, made the following statement to the mass media: “The Mayor and the Municipal Council continue to consistently defend the people’s interests. We will continue to our duty, we will continue not to facilitate the activity of Golden Dawn, its Nazi ideology, which is the source of its criminal character. We continue together with the people and their organizations, which supported the Municipal Authorities during this entire period, in order to isolate the activity of a formation that expresses the most extreme form of class exploitation. Together with our people in the struggle so that the people’s families, sorely tried and tested by the barbaric measures of the bourgeois governments up until the present day, can breathe.”

Representatives of trade unions, mass organizations, mayors and municipal councilors from all over Greece and thousands of workers stood at the side of the communist Mayor.

Source: Communist Party of Greece / RedGlobe