The Greek Communist Party is on the March Again!

by | Apr 6, 2022 | News | 0 comments

The origins of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) date back to 1918, when it was founded amidst the political and social upheaval following World War I. The party quickly gained a following among the working class and rural communities, and by the onset of World War II, it had become a major political force in Greece.

During the war, the KKE played a significant role in the Greek Resistance against Nazi occupation, suffering heavy losses in the process. Following the war, the party was involved in the Greek Civil War, which lasted from 1946 to 1949. Despite fighting fiercely against the right-wing government, the KKE was eventually defeated, leading to the exile or death of many of its members.

Subsequently, the KKE experienced persecution and repression from various governments, including during the military dictatorship from 1967 to 1974. Despite these challenges, the party persisted, maintaining a dedicated following and continuing to operate underground.

On a spring afternoon, I came across a procession of the Greek Communist Party while walking in Thessaloniki, Greece. I decided to make a short video of this event and I’ve included a brief history of the Greek Communist party.

Since the restoration of democracy in Greece in 1974, the KKE has been a consistent presence in Greek politics, although it has never been part of a governing coalition. The party has faced criticism for its strict adherence to Marxist-Leninist ideology and its reluctance to collaborate with other left-wing groups. Despite limited electoral support, the KKE remains an important player in Greek politics, focusing on issues such as workers’ rights, opposition to austerity measures, and opposition to NATO and the European Union. The party has a loyal following among leftist activists and intellectuals who value its uncompromising stance on social justice and equality.


Update: April 9th, 2022 in Athens, Greece

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