Thousands demonstrate in Greece
Thousands of people took to the streets of Greece on November 17 in massive anti-imperialist, anti-NATO rallies all around the country. The demonstrations were held to commemorate the anniversary of the student uprising of the Polytechnic University of Athens in 1973 against the fascist regime of the "Black Colonels", the US and NATO-backed military dictatorship. The struggle against imperialism and NATO, imperialist plans for war on Iraq, solidarity with Palestine, and the demand for Greek soldiers to stay in Greece were some of the main issues raised in this year's demonstration. "There is only one enemy — imperialism", "US — Murderers of the people", "NATO bases out!" "Cyprus united and independent" were some of the slogans at the rallies. In Athens, the demonstration ended in front of the US embassy, despite "appeals" by the Secretary of PASOK (the ruling social democratic party) not to demonstrate there. The marchers included a large number of young people, marching in the ranks of the Communist youth organisation KNE and the various organisations of the popular movement such as "Action-Thessaloniki 2003" and the trade union group PAME. Notable among them was a group of soldiers in uniform marching together with the people, a scene calculated to send shivers down the spine of any capitalist.