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Lancement au parlement européen du manifeste antifasciste européen et du réseau européen des parlementaires antifascistes
par Antifascism Europa
5 décembre 2013

La conférence de presse pour la présentation du Manifeste antifasciste européen et le lancement du Réseau européen des parlementaires antifascistes s’est tenue mercredi 4 décembre dans le Parlement européen de Bruxelles. A la conférence de presse ont pris part la Présidente de la GUE/NGL (Groupe confédéral de la Gauche unitaire européenne/Gauche verte nordique) Gabi Zimmer, le député européen Grec (SYRIZA) Nikos Hountis, la députée Allemande (Die Linke) Annette Groth et le député Grec (SYRIZA) Dimitris Tsoukalas.

Après avoir signalé que la GUE/NGL a mis le Manifeste antifasciste européen a son ordre du jour, Gabi Zimmer a souligné combien réelle et grave est actuellement la menace d’extrême droite et fasciste en Europe, et a terminé en appelant a la mobilisation antifasciste de la gauche européenne et au soutien du Réseau européen des parlementaires antifascistes.

La présentation du Manifeste Antifasciste Européen a été faite par Dimitris Tsoukalas, tandis que Nikos Hountis et Annette Groth ont mis l’accent sur le fait que la très dangereuse montée de l’extrême droite et du néofascisme presque partout en Europe met la gauche européenne devant ses responsabilités l’obligeant à donner la priorité à la mobilisation antifasciste avant qu’il ne soit trop tard.

Le Réseau Européen des Parlementaires Antifascistes est déjà appuyé par 25 députéEs venant du Royaume Uni, de Grèce, de l’Etat Espagnol, d’Irlande, du Pais Valencia, d’Allemagne, de Suède, d’Israël, du Luxembourg, de Catalogne, du Portugal et des Pays Pas, tandis que le Manifeste Antifasciste Européen est signé par plus de 110 parlementaires de divers pays européens (53 sont de SYRIZA).

Les deux documents qui suivent sont la vidéo de la conférence de presse et le texte (en anglais) de la présentation du Manifeste Antifasciste Européen faite par D. Tsoukalas.

"Dear friends and comrades,

First of all, the European Antifascist Manifesto wants to sound the alarm, the emergency against the deadly threat represented by the impetuous rise of far-right racist and neo-fascist forces throughout Europe ! Because we have now to admit it : This threat is actually direct and immediate. It does not concern anymore just one country, as for example my country, Greece, but all of us. Who could dare say today that we are not witnessing in Europe the come back and the resurrection of the worst nightmares of the thirties ?

The aim of the European Antifascist Manifesto is clear : Unite antifascist forces, that is trade unions, social movements, political parties and, most of all, citizens in order to build, as soon as possible, a powerful unitary European antifascist movement. That is why we do not want to substitute already existing antifascist movements or networks of any kind. We do nor want to divide, we want to unite because it is more true than ever that… united we stand, divided we fall. Only united beyond national frontiers we could take initiatives such as the ones we are now beginning to prepare, the organization of a European Congress of antifascist intellectuals, writers and artists or the European networking of football antifascist supporters clubs.

This European Antifascist Movement has to be the heir of the great antifascist traditions in our continent, has to build bridges with this precious antifascist past that id now almost forgotten. It is no accident that our Manifesto ends with the phrase “This time, history must not be repeated”. Yes, we have to learn from history in order not to repeat the errors of the twenties and thirties that led to the worst tragedy of human history, to Auschwitz, to Birkenau and Treblinka, to a World War with its 60 millions of dead people.

If this European antifascist movement wants to fight successfully the neo-fascist threat, it has to invest and to organize its forces in the long run, to reject any sectarianism as well as to combat far-right in all fields of human activities, without any exception. And the only way to do that is to trust common people, to encourage their networking where they live and work, study and develop their capacities. Why ? Because nobody else than common people can translate generic antifascism in concrete demands, programs and most of all, to antifascist actions. That is why the European Network of Antifascist Parliamentarians we are launching today, offers a first concrete example of this kind of antifascist networking we are proposing to all European citizens who want to resist effectively the terrible far-right and neo-fascist threat. Our antifascist resistance has to be democratically conducted by the popular masses themselves.

Dear friends and comrades, we have to admit that more difficult days are coming and that we are now engaged in a race against neo-fascism and racist barbarism. We have to organize and act now and not tomorrow, because tomorrow could be too late. However we are confident that what we are doing is the right thing. As said the German theologian and martyr of the anti-nazi resistance Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “The only fight which is lost is that which we give up”…

Thank you..."

Antifascism Europa