EFA's Second Letter of
Concern to the Greek Prime Minister Regarding Vinozhito Congress
December 3, 2003
|Concerning: The congress of the Rainbow party for the 7th of December 2003
European Free Alliance in the European Parliament
To Mr. Costantine Simitis
Prime Minister of Greece
Dear Mr Simitis,
With this letter I want to inform you about the latest developments and on the difficulties of one of our sister parties in Greece, the
The Congress of Rainbow party should be held in Edessa–Voden at the Congress Hall “Megas Alexandros” – Alexander the Great next weekend
on the 7th of December. This hall is used by the local Cultural Association – Alexander the Great but the hall is also used by all the
local authorities, even the Mayor. The president of the association is Mr. Papas Vasilios.
The problem is that after demonstrations from extremists in Edessa, last Sunday, personal threats from them and also orders and pressure
from circles of the secret police have put Mr. Papas and the Mayor under pressure. They are advised not to take responsibility and they
try to prevent the Rainbow Party from having its Congress. Mr George Liannis, Deputy of the Ministry of Culture, is informed about this.
Can you please interfere by giving your support and enabling the Rainbow party to hold their Congress meeting this weekend. We would like
to ask you to contact Mr. Papas and the mayor of Edessa in this respect.
With the highest respect,
Member of the European Parliament
President of the European Free Alliance