Ολοσέλιδο δημοσίευμα της «New Worker» για το Χαρίλαο Φλωράκη

Φλωράκης

Στην πολιτική διαδρομή, την προσωπικότητα, τις αξίες και τα ιδανικά που υπηρέτησε ο Χαρίλαος Φλωράκης αναφέρεται σε πρόσφατο, ολοσέλιδο δημοσίευμα της η βρετανική εφημερίδα «New Worker» (Νέος Εργάτης), όργανο του Νέου Κομμουνιστικού Κόμματος της Βρετανίας.

Το Νέο Κομμουνιστικό Κόμμα της Βρετανίας (NCP) ιδρύθηκε το 1977, έχει έδρα το Λονδίνο και συμμετέχει στις ετήσιες Διεθνείς Συναντήσεις Κομμουνιστικών και Εργατικών Κομμάτων (ΔΣΚΕΚ).

Στο κείμενο, μεταξύ άλλων, γίνεται αναφορά στη δράση του Χ.Φλωράκη από τα πρώτα χρόνια της πολιτικής του δραστηριοποίησης, κατά τη διάρκεια της Αντίστασης στον ΕΑΜ-ΕΛΑΣ, την τριετή εποποιία του ΔΣΕ, τις δίκες του μετεμφυλιακού αστικού κράτους.
Ιδιαίτερη μνεία γίνεται στην στάση που κράτησε ο Χαρ. Φλωράκης την εποχή των αντεπαναστατικών ανατροπών στην Σοβιετική Ένωση και την Ανατολική Ευρώπη, κρατώντας ψηλά την σημαία του μαρξισμού-λενινισμού.

«Ο Χαρίλαος Φλωράκης υπήρξε από τις σημαντικότερες μορφές του ελληνικού και ευρωπαϊκού κομμουνιστικού κινήματος τον 20ο αιώνα. Ένας μαχητής, ηγέτης, μια μοναδική προσωπικότητα αλλά, πάνω απ’ όλα, ένας ακλόνητος κομμουνιστής που παρέμεινε πιστός στις ιδέες του μέχρι το τέλος»

 Η δημοσίευση του άρθρου αποτελεί μια επιπρόσθετη επιβεβαίωση του σεβασμού και της εκτίμησης που χαίρει ο ιστορικός Γενικός Γραμματέας του ΚΚΕ στις γραμμές του διεθνούς κομμουνιστικού κινήματος, αποτελώντας πρότυπο κομμουνιστή, διεθνιστή ηγέτη για τις σημερινές και μελλοντικές γενιές.

Παρακάτω παρατίθενται κάποια αποσπάσματα από το αφιέρωμα στη Βρετανική εφημερίδα:

Guerrilla fighter in EAM-ELAS and the Democratic Army of Greece Florakis participated actively in the resistance struggle against the Nazi occupation. In June 1941 he became a member of the KKE.
He was among the organizers of the first mass strike in nazi-occupied Europe, which took place in Athens in April 1942.
At the same period he joins the ranks of EAM-ELAS Movement – Greek National Liberation Army), going underground in May 1942.
As a member of the anti-fascist liberation movement in the Second World Florakis participated actively in the fights of EAM-ELAS being a guerrilla officer. From 1943 to 1945 he was promoted successively to the ranks of Captain and Major in the ELAS army. He participated in the bloody events of December 1944 against British imperialists and the Greek bourgeois administration. He was arrested in October 1945.
The struggle of the Democratic Army bourgeois forces and their imperialist allies was the most significant moment of class-struggle in 20th century’s Greece. Charilaos Florakis has an active role in the 1946-1949 war, being a military officer of the Democratic Army, first as a Lieutenant Colonel and later from the rank of Major General in 1948.
On September 1949, after the defeat of the DSE, he moved to the Soviet Union. Between 1950 and 1953 he studied at the M.V. Frunze Military Academy in Moscow, from where he graduated with honors.


Charilaos Florakis served a total of 18 years in the prisons of Greece’s post-Civil War bourgeois state.
He was imprisoned at the age of 40, hewas released under conditions at 52 and then he was re-arrested and sent into exile at 53. He remained imprisoned for 216 months and 6,570 days.
In 1972, in the midst of the struggle against Colonels’ dictatorship in Greece, he was elected First Secretary of the – then banned – Communist Party and later General Secretary of the Central Committee.
He served as the General Secretary of KKE from 1972 until 1991, fighting with all his power for a Communist Party dedicated to the ideals of marxism-leninism, against any opportunist or revisionist deviation.


Charilaos Florakis remained a consistent supporter of the important achievements of the 20th century socialist construction. When eurocommunists and revisionists were saluting the counterrevolutionary events in the Soviet Union in the beginning of the 1990s, Florakis remained a staunch defender of the ideological heritage of Marx, Engels and Lenin. He knew that the counterrevolution was a negative setback for the international communist movement, but he was also deeply assured that it wasn’t the “end of history”.

“So, therefore, the overthrow in Eastern Europe consist a ‘triumph of Democracy’! (ironically speaking). But, what powers were strengthened by this ‘triumph’? The real democratic powers or those powers which, in the name of democracy, have literally came out against socialism? ‘Triumph of Democracy’ with the Communist Party outlawed! ‘Triumph of Democracy’ with new capabilities for Imperialism’s intervention! ‘Triumph of Democracy’ with unemployment, misery, hunger and crime!”


Charilaos Florakis died on May 22, 2005 at the age of 91 in Athens. His funeral was attended by thousands of people, members and supporters of the KKE, communists and non-communists, young and old working men and women. According to his own wish, he was entombed at Agios Ilias, a quiet mountainous place surrounded by forrest, close to his birthplace, Paliozoglopi.

Florakis was one of the 20th century’s most significant figures in the Greek and European communist movement. A fighter, a leader, an extraordinary personality but, most of all, an unwavering communist who remained loyal to his ideas until the end. 

In a speech in 1989, at the age of 75, Charilaos was saying:
“If, like Faust, I had to restart by life, what would I do? I would become a communist once again and I would fight for a better world and, again, I would struggle – with less or more mistakes, doesn’t matter – for the homeland, for democracy, for social justice, for Socialism”.

Memory eternal, comrade Charilaos Florakis.

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