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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Leftists rally against NATO, war & the G7 in Madrid and Munich

Protestors march for peace and against NATO in Madrid, June 26

Two large rallies were held in Europe this past weekend protesting, imperialism, war, NATO and the Bavarian G7 meeting.

The first was in Munich on Saturday, June 25 in advance of the opening of the Bavarian G7 meeting.

The protestors and organizers included activists from the German Communist Party (DKP), other leftist organizations and parties and members of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP). The KKE and TKP marched under the same banner.

The KKE statement about the march can be found at: CP of Greece, Militant presence of the CP of Greece and the CP of Turkey at the rally against the G7 Summit in Munich

On Sunday, June 26 tens-of-thousands of protestors came out in Madrid for the Madrid Peace Summit march. This was in opposition to the Madrid NATO Summit which begins June 28.

According to organizers that included the Communist Party of Spain:

Convened by numerous organizations, including the NATO Platform for Peace No, and under the slogan: 'No to wars. No to NATO. For peace', the demonstration, colorful and festive, brought together about 30,000 people, according to the organization, in a tour that began at 12 noon in Atocha and concluded in Plaza de España two hours later.

Members of the Communist Party of the Workers of Spain (PCTE) and the KKE also marched.

The KKE said in a statement that:

The Spanish and Greek communists shouted slogans against NATO, the EU, and the imperialist war in Ukraine in both languages such as “The peoples shout out loud both in Greece and Spain: Down with the US-NATO bases and troops”, “NATO and Russia redivide the world, they draw the borders with the blood of the peoples”, and “Struggle is the only way”.
Apart from the anti-NATO slogans, the condemnation of the Spanish social democratic government, and the need for the working class to wave its own flag against capitalism, the demonstrators also expressed their solidarity with the Kononovich brothers, the young communists who are imprisoned in Ukraine, chanting the slogan “Free the Kononovich brothers”.

The PCTE released a statement noting that the:

...joint bloc of PCTE and KKE denounced the imperialist war during the demonstration as well as the role of the Governments of both countries in such war through the delivery of weapons and military resources, and underscored that the working class has nothing to win in the clash between imperialist powers.

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