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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-01

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From: The Athens News Agency at <>


  • [01] Labour day's celebrations
  • [02] KKE held talks in Cuba

  • [01] Labour day's celebrations

    Trade unions celebrated Labour Day in the centre of Athens and all major cities of Greece on Thursday. Demonstrations and rallies were held by the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) and the civil servants' union ADEDY, as well as the Communist party-affiliated trade union movement PAME.

    The President of GSEE Yannis Panagopoulos warned during his address that if the neoliberal policy continues it will lead to unprecedent social uprises, while stating that the unions are focusing on the high cost of living, unemployement and social security issues.

    PAME marched towards the American Embassy expressing anti-American and anti-imperialist slogans and their solidarity with the migrants and the abused nations.

    Speaking on behalf of PAME, central committee member George Perros commemorated the working class' dead and expressed PAME's support for migrants and the Turkish people, condemning the Turkish government for restricting demonstrations on Labour Day.

    Three separate rallies and demonstrations were held in the northern greek city of Thessaloniki. The central rally was organised by the Trade Union Centre (EKTH) of Thessaloniki and the Union of Civil Servants Organisations of Thessaloniki (EDOTH) in Aristotelous square in the centre of the city.

    EKTH president Nikos Yannopoulos in his speech honoured the dead of Chicago in 1886 and the ones in Thessaloniki in May 1936 and the victims of Kessariani (an Athens suburb) who were shot by the Nazis on May 1st 1944, stressing that they are the symbol of our struggles and assertions for a more just society

    PAME held its rally in another part of Thessaloniki with members of the non-parliamentary leftist parties, who marched through the city's streets and ended their demonstration in front of the Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace

    [02] KKE held talks in Cuba

    A delegation from the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) central committee led by KKE General Secretary Aleka Papariga on Thursday had a series of meetings in Havana, Cuba. The delegation is in Cuba on an official visit, having accepted an invitation from the Communist Party of Cuba.

    The delegation was received by Cuba's Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, the President of the Cuban National Assembly Ricardo Alarcon and the head of the International Relations department Fernando Ramirez and other officials.

    The KKE officials participated in the Labour Day rally and the demonstration that followed in Havana and later visited the University of Pinar del Rio and held talks with professors and students on educational issues.

    Papariga on Saturday morning will give a interview to the Cuban Communist Party newspaper 'Granma'.

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of Communist party of Greece secretary general Aleka Papariga

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