Socialist Worker

A great day for anti-fascists in Greece

by Petros Constantinou, Movement Against Racism and the Fascist Threat
Issue No. 2396

Manolada workers led march in Athens

Manolada workers led march in Athens (Pic: Workers' Solidarity)


It was a really big day with around 20,000 in the streets of Athens. There were also 3,000 in Thessaloniki in the north and 1,000 in Chania in Crete—huge demos for these cities.

We started with a march. At the front were immigrant strawberry pickers from Manolada, who are still fighting for justice after being shot at by bosses last year.

Then there were the parents of Shehzad Luqman, a Pakistani worker murdered by racists, and the survivors of a refugee boat that sank after an encounter with police. All the unions supported the protests, both locally and nationally.

The marches came just days after a public sector general strike against massive job cuts, and many of those who struck took part. So did many African migrants.

After the march there was impressive anti-fascist theatre and a concert that took up the centre of Athens until 9pm.

This was an important step in the fight to reverse the racist agenda of the government and to beat the fascist Golden Dawn.

Two of its MPs have quit to save their skins after parliament lifted their immunity. We are fighting to have them all jailed.


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