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"Capitalism- imperialism are the past - the KKE fights for a new world"
"A century of struggle and sacrifice, the KKE in the vanguard". That was the slogan that echoed in the workers’ city of Pireaus on the 22nd of January in the great activity organized by the Central Committee of the KKE dedicated to the 100 years since its founding.
There, in the Municipal Theater, only a few blocks away from the historical building, where in November of 1918 the 1st Founding Congress of the Socialist Labour Party of Greece (SEKE), that soon was renamed to Communist Party of Greece (KKE), took place, the General Secretary of the CC of the Party, Dimitris Koutsoumbas, presented the Declaration of the CC that was published on Saturday, January 13th.
Dimitris Koutsoumbas, the KKE General Secretary, began his speech noting:
“We are welcoming you in Piraeus, the city where the KKE was born in 1918, since it is here where the 1st founding Congress of the Socialist Labor Party of Greece (SEKE), which was later renamed into Communist Party of Greece, took place".
We are completing 100 years of struggles and sacrifices, remaining the only actually new party of the Greek society. Because the KKE is the only party that fights for the definite abolition of the exploitation of man by man.
In honor of the 100 years since the founding of the KKE, we will give all our powers for the Party to achieve even wider, deeper, stronger ties with the working class, the Greek people. We will give all our powers so that, with powerful Party Organizations, the struggle for the overthrow of the barbarity of capitalist power, for socialism, to be strengthened."
In the cultural program that followed, a moving chronicle of the 100-year course of the party was presented, framed by relevant songs, texts and audiovisual material.
Hundreds of workers, unemployed, pensioners, cadres of the trade-union movement, people of Culture, Ats and Sports were present in the activity.
It was a great gathering. Of the new generation that is inspired by the high values of the struggle for the overthrow of the exploitative capitalist system; of the heroic generation that wrote the History of the working class movement and of our country with its struggles; and of the generation that struggled decisively to keep the Party standing, to safeguard its historical continuity.
The Municipal Theater of Pireaus was packed, in the balconies and in the orchestra, in the surrounding place and the square of the Theater also, where the activity was broadcasting live in TV-screens.
Altogether, members, friends and supporters of the Party and of the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE), with their militant presence made a commitment. A commitment to the intensification of the effort to consolidate the Party, first and foremost in the workplaces. A commitment to change the correlations of forces, to regroup the movement, to build the Social Alliance, so that the working class movement can begin its counter-attack.