Saturday, March 22, 2014

Athens celebrates global day against fascism and racism

Athens, Greece, 22 March 2014.
Thousands of younger and older people, students, workers, artists, LGTBQ movement members, immigrants with or without papers, laid-off employees of the former Greek public broadcaster (ERT) and trade union members, marched in Athens to celebrate the Global Day Against Fascism and Racism.
At the forefront of the demonstration marched the unpaid laborers from the strawberry fields of Manolada who received gunshots when they claimed their wages.
At the front line also marched the old parents of the 26 year old Pakistani, Shehzad Luqman was stabbed to death in a racially motivated murder.
The rally began shortly before 4 pm on route from Omonia to Syntagma Square, where a concert was held with the support of famous artists.
Message from the organizer in Greece:
Message from Greece for the 22 of March, global day against fascism and racism.
Greetings from Athens, from KEERFA,the antifascist Movement Against Racism and Fascist Thread calling the 22 of March hand in hand with Trade Unions, Immigrant Communities, Unions of students, Local Councils, Artists, LGTBQ movement, Roma.

We stand against the rise of neo-nazism with the confidence that we can smash them with the unity of working people, local and immigrants! WE say never again!
In Greece we revolted against Nazi occupation and against military dictatorship. We stand on this tradition to stop the rise of fascists.

We stand against racism and islamophobia in Europe. We say open the borders to the victims of war, dictatorship and economic disaster! NO concentration camps. No deportation! Legalize immigrants now! Asylum for the refugees !
Immigrants cannot be the scapegoats for the failures of the governments that are spreading poverty, unemployment and desperation with austerity measures.

22 of March is just the beginning of an international movement to stop neo-nazism and end racism. United we can win!


Η Αθήνα έστειλε ηχηρό μήνυμα κατά του φασισμού και του ρατσισμού.
Αθήνα, 22 Μάρτη 2014.
Χιλιάδες Αθηναίοι, νέοι και μεγαλύτεροι σε ηλικία, φοιτητές, εργαζόμενοι, καλλιτέχνες, μέλη ΛΟΑΤ κοινοτήτων, μετανάστες με ή χωρίς χαρτιά, καθώς και απολυμένοι εργαζόμενοι της ΕΡΤ και μέλη εργατικών σωματείων, συμμετείχαν στο μεγάλο συλλαλητήριο, για την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα κατά του φασισμού και του ρατσισμού, που ξεκίνησε από τα Προπύλαια και την Ομόνοια και ολοκληρώθηκε στο Σύνταγμα με μεγάλη συναυλία. Στην πρώτη γραμμή του συλλαλητηρίου βρέθηκαν οι απλήρωτοι μετανάστες από τα ματωμένα φραουλοχώραφα της Μανωλάδας. Ανάλογες κινητοποιήσεις πραγματοποιήθηκαν επίσης σε Παρίσι, Λονδίνο, Γλασκώβη και διάφορες πόλεις της Ευρώπης καθώς και στις ΗΠΑ.

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