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18.03.06: Anti-War Rally in Athens

Rally in Athens
Athens.- An anti-war rally was held on Saturday afternoon at Syntagma Square in Athens, that joined its voice with 200 other cities all over the world against war, on a day that marks the third anniversary of the outbreak of war in Iraq. This rally was organised by GSEE (Greek General Confederation of Labour), ADEDY (Supreme Administration of Greek Civil Servants Trade Unions) and the Greek Social Forum, in protest over the occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan the Palestine.

Shortly after 3.30 in the afternoon, the demonstrators headed for the U.S. embassy in Athens, shouting such anti-war slogans as "resistance to planet terrorism", "occupation is war", "stop all wars" and "hands off Syria and Iran."

Accompanied by the popular orchestra of composer Mikis Theodorakis and songs by Maria Dimitriadis, Sotiria Leonardou and Yiannis Thomopoulos, the anti-war movement and labour unions raised a "cry of concern" against all wars, both those under way and the impending ones that have been announced in advance, according to actor Stefanos Lineos who signalled the beginning of the event.

"We few people who are here today know that many who are in their homes will find out about it when the fire reaches their yards," he said.

ADEDY President Spyros Papaspyros said on his part that wars take place for the control of citizens and of working people and for geocratic interests which abolish everything that peoples have achieved.

Members of the local International Detente and Peace Committee (EDYETH) held a protest rally outside the consulate of Serbia-Montenegro in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, at noon on Saturday on the occasion of the death of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic.

The demonstrators held a banner that read "Symbols are not eliminated. Peoples are not subdued. They resist and win" and shouted slogans that expressed, as they said, indignation over the murder of Slobodan Milosevic, whose portrait they held in their hands.

Moreover, as per an opinion poll published in Greek newspaper Kathimerini, 85% of the Greeks believe that the USA’s decision to invade Iraq was wrong, while they consider that the reason for the attack was to control the Middle Eastern oil. At the same time 87% of the citizens believe that the war in Iraq has increased the chance of terrorist attacks, making the world more dangerous than in the past.

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