Release from the PCP Press Office

For peace and disarmament! No to NATO! On NATO’s summit in London on the 70th anniversary of this political-military bloc

A NATO Summit will be held in London on December 3 and 4, to mark the 70th. anniversary of the founding of this aggressive political-military bloc, created on April 4, 1949, and whose nature was from the outsell patent with the inclusion of Salazar's fascist dictatorship as one of its founding members.

Throughout its 70 years of existence, NATO, falsely proclaiming itself as a defender of democracy and peace, has established itself as an instrument of US-hegemonized imperialist domination, responsible for interferences and wars against sovereignty, democracy and the rights of States and their peoples.

In an international situation where the arms race, the dismantling of disarmament and nuclear arms limitation agreements, the disregard for the principles of the United Nations Charter and International Law, the proliferation of areas of tension and destabilisation, the threats and wars of aggression, which are an expression of the escalation of confrontation promoted by the United States and its allies hold enormous dangers for Humanity, the struggle for peace, disarmament and, in particular, the dissolution of NATO is of the utmost importance.

The PCP reiterates that Portugal's international relations must be governed by respect for Article 7 of the Constitution of the Republic which states that “Portugal advocates the abolition of imperialism, colonialism and all forms of aggression, domination and exploitation in the relations between peoples, as well as a general, simultaneous and controlled disarmament, the dissolution of the political-military blocs and the establishment of a collective security system with a view to creating an international order capable of ensuring peace and justice in the relations between peoples”.

The PCP expresses its clear opposition to the Portuguese Government's options to engage in the process of deepening the militaristic component of the European Union, which is an integral part of strengthening NATO's capacity and its European pillar, and of increasing national military spending to achieve its purpose of 2% of GDP as demanded by the US.

The PCP considers of utmost importance the mobilisation of the Portuguese workers and people in defence of peace and disarmament, in solidarity with the peoples facing imperialist interferences and wars of aggression, against NATO and the arms escalation, and calls for participation in the actions called for December 3, in Lisbon, and December 4, in Porto, under the motto «Yes to Peace! No to NATO! ».

It is with great confidence in the struggle of the workers and peoples that the communists have been, are, and will be at the forefront of the struggle for peace, freedom, sovereignty, democracy and social progress.

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