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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Alexis Tsipras: Israeli Brutality Against Palestinians Must End

"The brutality Palestine is experiencing must end", main opposition SYRIZA party leader Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday, during a rally and march to Syntagma Square, held in protest of the Israeli army's military campaign in the Gaza Strip.
The event was organized by leftist and Palestinian groups and immigrant communities, PNN correspondence reports in conjunction with Greek media.

"Palestine is in perpetual war - this war must stop at some point; this brutality cannot be tolerated," Tsipras said. "When civilians and children are killed at beaches facing the same sea that borders the European continent, we cannot remain passive, because if this happens on the other side of the Mediterranean today, it can happen on our own side tomorrow. I want to note that the voices of solidarity movements are, for the first time, uniting under a strong movement within Israel," he added.

A peaceful solution will create a viable and democratic Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, as the United Nations resolutions also call for, he said.

The protesters gathered at Syntagma and, then, marched to the European Commission Representation offices in Greece and the US Embassy.

Tsipras led the anti-austerity SYRIZA party to victory in a snap general election on January 25th, taking 36% of the vote and 149 out of 300 seats in the Greek Parliament.

The victory has been met with alarm by Germany and other imperialist Western powers. 

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