Thanassis Pafilis, General Secretary of the WPC

SPEECH, Thanassis Pafilis, General Secretary of the WPC ON THE 65th ANNIVERSARY OF THE WPC
At the celebratory event in Athens, 1st September 2014, organized by EEDYE

Friends and fellow militants,
Comrades,

This year marks 65 years since the founding of the World Peace Council (WPC) which was the pioneering global anti-imperialist peace organization. It was established after World War II in response to imperialist aggression, under Cold War conditions.

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Socorro Gomes, President of the World Peace Council

We are consternated by watching yet another escalation in the imperialist aggression against the Middle East. Besides all the confabulations with autocracies such as the Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the USA have a “sacred” alliance with the Zionism institutionalized in Israel and, especially in the last years, with Turkey. The aim is to destabilize governments contrary to their agenda or to intensify the pillaging of countries such as Iraq, left vulnerable due to the devastating wars and looting promoted by the US’ imperialism with their European allies.

The delegation of peace movements of the WPC from Greece, Cyprus and Turkey arrived on Friday 8 August in Ramallah, Palestine after facing many difficulties and delays, closed checkpoints to the West Bank, military roadblocks and barricades set up by the Israeli army (with corresponding checks) but also with many changeovers of transport means, resulting in the trip from Amman, Jordan to Ramallah lasting 11 hours instead of two! All this is a manifestation of the special circumstances confronted by the Palestinians in a period when the Israeli war machine, as an occupation force, shells and slaughters civilians and children in the Gaza Strip, while at the same time having arrested 2000 Palestinians on the West Bank, making incursions into their homes day and night.

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