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Communist Party of Greece condemns use of riot police against strikers

By staff

*Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).*

At the daybreak of Saturday 21/11 the coalition government SYRIZA-ANEL deployed, at the request of the employer, riot police forces against the workers of “Zoura” poultry breeding industry in Thessaloniki because they dared to go on strike to demand their wages that the employer has not paid for months.

A mass planed intervention of the riot police forces took place at the daybreak approximately at 4:30 a.m. at the factory. 28 workers were arrested in the presence of the Magistrate of the Police Court with the charge of “illegal violence” and “disturbance of social peace”, amongst them Leonidas Stoltidis, secretary of the Labour Centre of Thessaloniki and member of the Executive Secretariat of PAME, Manolis Karantousas, chairman of the Federation of Workers in Food and Beverage Industry, Giannis Tzavaras chairman of the workers’ union in “Zoura” company, 4 members of the board of the trade union in Food and Beverage industry in Central Macedonia etc.

PAME denounced the assault, while a delegation of the KKE protested at the Central Security Directorate of Thessaloniki. Throughout their mobilization the workers had the support of a large delegation of the Party Organization of the KKE in Central Macedonia, the MP and member of the CC Sakis Vardalis and Sotiris Zarianopoulos MEP of KKE.

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