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Anger and struggle against the crime at the expense of human life and the environment
A large number of people who participated in the massive popular rally on the 25th of August 2023 at Syntagma stressed that "enough is enough" with the criminal policy of the government that sacrifices human lives, property and forests’ natural wealth for the profits of the few.
People of all ages took part in the rally under the banners of their trade unions and associations and through their slogans they called for measures to protect the people’s lives and property, the environment and the remaining forests.
The demonstrators denounced the criminal policy that serves the dangerous cost-benefit logic, where the cost is considered to be the protection of people's lives and property, naming it responsible for the new disaster.
"Give money for fire engines and not for war planes" was the slogan chanted by the demonstrators, denouncing the government's political choice to give money for NATO armaments and not to allocate the necessary funds to the Fire Brigade, the Forestry Services and all state services that can contribute to the prevention and response to a wildfire or other natural phenomenon.
Also the slogans: "The people demand protection measures, we want to live in our country with dignity", and "Take measures against the forest fires - the state is responsible to give money", were chanted by the demonstrators who reiterated their decision not to be mere spectators but to oppose the policy that endangers human lives and to demand all they are entitled to in order to have safe living and working conditions.
They also shouted slogans such as: "Wildfires - floods - disasters", "our protection cannot be postponed", "Your development is crushing our lives, struggle and counterattack is our choice", "Floods, fires, disasters, human lives are not a cost", demanding measures to protect human life and the environment.
The General Secretary of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumbas, who was present at the rally, made the following statement to the media:
"We are here to shout loud and clear "Enough is enough!". We are not and we will not become mere spectators, passive spectators to this crime against human life, against the forests’ natural wealth, the environment, the property of our fellow human beings. Only the people can save the people, that's why we organize, we demand, we fight, we overthrow the responsible ones for this crime!"