The World Federation of Trade Unions honors this day the millions of workers and ordinary people who fought against Fascism. In the Antifascist Struggle and the Resistance, great moments of heroism are to be remembered by thousands of known and unknown fighters in Europe and Internationally, in Italy, in Greece, in Spain, in Germany, in France and many more countries against the executions, the tortures, the imprisonment, the exile. The workers of the world know very well that their flag, the red one, was raised in the heart of fascist Germany by the soviet soldiers on May 9th 1945.
We commemorate this day as the day that proved that the workers are invincible when they are united under the banner of their needs. We know that wars and nazi – fascism are phenomena inherited in the capitalist system. Hitler had risen to power with the support of German monopolies, while World War II, was carefully orchestrated by a concern for revision of the world for reasons of capitalist interest, as was World War I. Today, the financial crisis generates big overturns and shakings of the imperialist system. It intensifies international rivalries and creates a shift in the correlations of economic power, the imperialist aggressiveness, aiming at the exploitation of natural and economic resources and energy transfer routes becomes more ruthless.
The great antifascist victory, achieved 72 years ago, is an inspiration for the struggles of the workers and the peoples all over the world and reminds us and the younger generations that the workers and the people are stronger and can rise victorious no matter the strength of their enemies, bringing hope and confidence to the workers, to the people who struggle for a better future, for the end of exploitation of man by man.