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Commemorative Event for Nikos Nikiforides in Thessaloniki

On the 5th of March, 61 years will have passed from the day of the execution of Nikos Nikiforides, a pioneer fighter of the Hellenic Front for Peace and Anti-Imperialism.
The Greek Committee for International Détente and Peace of Thessaloniki is organizing a commemorative event to pay tribute to the post-civil war fighter for peace on Sunday, March 4, 2012.
The event will take place at 11:00 at the Nikos Nikiforides monument, at the Herene Park in Sykies neighborhood (Papanastasiou Str., opposite St. Theodoroi church).
Nikos Nikiforides was a 23-year-old young man that had joined the national liberating battles against the Axis Powers on the side of the United Panhellenic Organization of Youth (EPON). According to the Treaty of Varkiza, Nikiforides was afterwards sent to exile for his resistance fights and was also imprisoned, which had a tremendous impact on his health.
As soon as he was released from prison, Nikiforides travelled to Thessaloniki, where he joined the movement of gathering signatures against the spreading of atomic weapons, known as “Stockholm Appeal Calling”. For this activity, Nikiforides was arrested and was sentenced to death by the intolerant post-civil war state. His capital punishment was executed on March 3rd, 1951, in the backyard of the Eptapyrghion Prison, a place where many fighters of the people’s movement lost their lives.

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