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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-24

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Messages on March 25 anniversary

  • [01] Messages on March 25 anniversary

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias stressed in his message to Greeks abroad, on the occasion of the March 25 Independence Day, that the 1821 Revolution is among the greatest legacies the Greek people created.

    "The rigorous defense of freedom, self-determination, democracy, dignity and justice was a way of life for the Greek revolutionary fighters, and Greeks today have a historical duty to reciprocate," the president stressed. ?We have to preserve our dignity with deeds and not only with words against any foreign design and protect and utilise this highly prized legacy?.

    He also stressed that in today‚s unstable geo-political environment challenges can be effectively tackled through unity amongst Greeks all over the world.

    Referring to Greeks abroad, he underlined that they continue to serve Greek ideals, managing to excel even in the most adverse conditions.

    ?You have preserved and passed on Greek tradition and identity to the next generations while highlighting the values that unite us: history, culture and religion. Your service is priceless and we are all grateful to you for your valuable contribution to promoting ecumenical Hellenism worldwide,? the president stressed.

    PM Karamanlis

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in his message underlined that even though today‚s challenges with which Greece and Hellenism are faced have changed, the common goal is still a strong and proud nation, a fair society, one that is supportive and prosperous within an international neighborhood of peace, cooperation, mutual respect and progress.

    "The high principles and ideals of freedom, dignity, justice and progress that inspired Greeks in the long struggle for independence are highlighted by the twofold celebration of Orthodoxy and Hellenism," he underlined.

    ?Greek men and women of the 21st century, both at home and abroad, feel the need to continue to honor, in practice, all those who sacrificed their lives, allowing us today to be free to create and prosperous.? the PM stressed in his message.

    ?This solidarity of generations based on timeless values and ideals is a necessary precondition for the survival of a people in the course of history?, he concluded.

    Parliament President

    The two-fold celebration of Hellenism and Orthodoxy, the National Rebirth and Annunciation of the Mother of Christ, revives principles, values and ideals born in Greece and appreciated globally, said Parliament President Dimitris Sioufas in his message.

    ?The March 25 message, always timeless and up-to-date, concerns our duty to work and cooperate for a better future? and ?serve principles and values that guarantee growth, progress and the uplifting of our country,? Sioufas stressed.

    PASOK leader

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou on Monday issued his address on the occasion of the 187th anniversary of the March 25 Independence Day, celebrated on Tuesday.

    "Today, Hellenism is celebrating its national uprising, the anniversary of a major struggle for the nation's independence. We are celebrating Greece's national liberation struggle, which will eternally symbolise the efforts of each individual, each people's effort to fight for freedom and dignity, to dream and fight for a better future..."

    "After 187 years of constant effort and struggle, the Greek people feel satisfaction and pride in their gains; for the freedom they established and the democracy they built ? Today, however, Greeks are troubled because as a country we retain more means and resources, as well as the comparative advantages, than ever before, yet they feel that conservative policies and views keep them bound and marginalised??

    KKE

    ?The greatest lesson taught by the 1821 Revolution is that the path of struggle and unrelenting confrontation is timely and constitutes a one-way street for the people,? Greek Communist Party (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga stressed in her message on the March 25 Independence Day anniversary.

    Synaspismos

    The Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos) party, in its message said March 25 "is a day of memory and of honour rendered to the struggle of the Greek people for self-determination and independence. It constitutes a point of reference and an example - through time - of the capacity shown by peoples, regardless of any balance of power, to impose their will."

    This year's anniversary "coincides with the struggles of working people and youth for the defence of elementary rights, such as social insurance. The moments we are experiencing today demand, yet again, mobilisation and responsibility to halt the collapse of the social state and fight against the violent shrinking of incomes, the environment's destruction and the shrinking of rights and democracy," the message noted.

    LA.OS leader

    ?One hundred and eighty seven years after the March 25, 1821 Revolution it is up to us to continue to exist as an independent and proud nation or be reduced again into a marginalised province of the European Union or Turkey,? Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) President George Karatzaferis said in his message.


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