Greek youth battle NATO invaders
The 10th Anti-imperialist Camp of Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) was a great success. Thousands of youth, members and friends of KNE, from all the parts of Greece met in Stomio, Larissa, July 7-8 and set up their own "war headquarters" against all those who undermine their future. They sang together, danced, played and laughed. The participants of the 10th Anti-imperialist Camp enjoyed the sun and the sea. They took part in football games and visited the photographic exhibition about the crimes committed by imperialism in Yugoslavia and Palestine. On the Saturday night they enjoyed concerts by renowned singers, the group "Youth Action for Peace" of Thessaloniki, and a theatrical performance of Aristofanis. Later at night, in the Camp, the members and friends of KNE, sat around the fire with their guitars and sang songs under the moonlight. The peace movement of Thessaloniki organised an all-night vigil against the coming of the NATO fleet. They set up tents, decorated the main road with red banners and Greek flags, sang songs and shouted slogans. The protestors built seven "fortifications" on the beach, giving each of them a name connected with the history of struggles of the people of Thessaloniki. Very early in the morning, when the radio announced that the NATO fleet was approaching they staged a mock "naval battle" against the invaders: the horns were alarming, and the "canons" were firing star-shells against the NATO vessels. On the Sunday, the KNE joined with the peace movement and the people of the city of Thessaloniki, and side by side, demonstrated against the NATO fleet's presence in the port. Walking from the White Tower of Thessaloniki to the port, their slogans included, "Americans are murderers of the people", "NATO, out of the Balkans", "Together Simitis (Prime Minister of Greece) and the Americans have created Hague's slaughter house", "EU and NATO are a syndicate of war". The huge anti-imperialist demonstration looked like a big, red river which poured through the city. Thessaloniki dignitaries were invited to attend a "reception" on the NATO fleet flagship. Most, including the president of the Organisation of the Port of Thessaoniki, the Prefecture and the Mayor either declined or ignored the invitation. In any case the reception was cancelled due to the demonstration.
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