D. Koutsoumpas noted in his speech the “interest” of the USA-NATO-EU in Northern Greece, centred on Thessalonica, is related to the implementation of their imperialist plans in the region in their competition with Russia and China. For this reason USA-NATO have “targeted’ Northern Greece, which is at the “heart” of the Balkan peninsular, as well as at a crucial point for the conflicting plans for the transport of energy, commodities. For this reason the US ambassador characterized Thessalonica as a “gateway” to the Western Balkans and South East Europe. For this reason they are putting together plans for new military bases, like the one in Alexandroupoli.
The GS of the CC of the KKE stressed that the escalation of Turkish aggressiveness in the Aegean and the EEZ of Cyprus refutes the government that is attempting to soothe the people. D. Koutsoumpas stressed that NATO has not up to now protected the sovereign rights of any country, nor is it going to protect us in the future.
The GS of the CC of the KKE in reference to the agreement being prepared by the SYRIZA-ANEL with FYROM stressed that the KKE is not going to vote for it , because this will bring FYROM into NATO, will not put an end to irredentist propaganda, will not secure the mutual recognition of the inviolability of the borders, the territorial integrity of both countries, the necessary changes to the Constitution of the neighbouring country.
D. Koutsoumpas called on the people to join forces with the KKE, which is the only party that can lead the regrouopment of the labour movement in the struggle against imperialist war, the interventions of NATO and the EU. So that the people can truly come to power.
After the rally, there followed a combative march to the US consulate in Thessalonica. Thousands of militants with the banners and flags of the KKE denounced that the “imperialists redivide the land, they draw the borders with the blood of the peoples” and declared their resistance and struggle with the slogans “solidarity with the struggle of the peoples against the plans of the imperialists”, “no fear, no submission, together with the KKE for the overthrow.”
The youth of KNE with an impressive piece of street theatre, with the sirens of war and the sounds of the bombing rendering the air, demonstrated the barbarity and death sown by the imperialists and alos the strength of the people determined to realize the overthrow of the system. They set fire to the US flag and shouted “no submission to imperialism, the peopleas are the only superpower”.