On the Trail of Ho Chi Minh in Edessa

According to the first Vietnamese Ambassador to Greece Vu Binh,who visited Edessa in response to an invitation from Mayor Dimitris Giannou to mark Oxi Day on Oct. 28, Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh served with the French army during World War I and passed through the Greek city on his passage to Skydra.

Binh, along with Giannou, visited Tryphona Sivena, who turned 107 on Oct. 31, and who confirmed it. News247 stated that according to the responsible of culture and tourism in Edessa, Evangelos Kiriakou, the official recognition of such a renowned personality as Ho Chi Minh could lure Asian tourists.

A special tour on Edessa-Pella-Macedonia, on the steps of  Ho Chi Minh, was organized by the Cultural Tourism Office of Edessa’s Public Benefit Corporation. Shortly before his return, Binh and Giannou,symbolically planted the tree of friendship next to an extremely rare Tzinko Biloba, which was planted at that time by the French. Binh departed from Edessa promising that the same way Greece helped Vietnam in difficult moments that his country offers help to Greece.


  1. Ho Chi Minh was a communist that oppressed his own people. Vietnam….much like North Korea… would have been far better off without communists.

    Communist mean well. Heck even the nazis meant well. In practice though both fascism and communism were oppressive totalitarian ideologies that induced untold suffering on hundred millions of people.  Some of our alleged “moderate’ leftist go and on about GD… but then seem to apparently be nostalgic about communism and go on-and-on about “the elite” just like they did. Charming.


  2. “Mass killings occurred under some Communist regimes during the twentieth
    century with an estimated death toll numbering between 85 and 100
    million. Scholarship focuses on the causes of mass killings in single societies,
    though some claims of common causes for mass killings have been made.
    Some higher estimates of mass killings include not only mass murders or
    executions that took place during the elimination of political
    opponents, civil wars, terror campaigns, and land reforms, but also lives lost due to war, famine, disease, and exhaustion in labor camps.  ”


    ***Soviet Union ***
    Official records of the execution of
    approximately 800,000 prisoners under Stalin for either political or
    criminal offenses, around 1.7 million deaths in the Gulags and some 390,000 deaths during kulak forced resettlement – for a total of about 3 million officially recorded victims in these categories

    ***Mongolia ***
    Mongolian Great Terror in which some 22,000 and 35,000 people were executed. Around 18,000 victims were Buddhist lamas.

    ***People’s Republic of China ***
    There is a general consensus among historians that after Mao Zedong seized power, his policies and political purges caused directly or indirectly the deaths of tens of millions of people.

    In Mao’s Great Famine,
    historian Frank Dikötter writes that “coercion, terror, and systematic
    violence were the very foundation of the Great Leap Forward” and it
    “motivated one of the most deadly mass killings of human history.” His research in local and provincial Chinese archives indicates the
    death toll was at least 45 million, and that “In most cases the party
    knew very well that it was starving its own people to death.

    ***Bulgaria ***
    Between 50,000 and 100,000 people may have been killed in Bulgaria
    beginning in 1944 as part of agricultural collectivization and political

    *** Cambodia ***

    Daniel Goldhagen explains that the Khmer Rouge were xenophobic because they believed the Khmer were “the one authentic people capable of building true communism.” Sociologist Martin Shaw described the Cambodian genocide as “the purest genocide of the Cold War era
    At least 200,000 people were executed by the Khmer Rouge, 
    while estimates of the total number of deaths resulting from Khmer
    Rouge policies, including disease and starvation, range from 1.4 to 2.2
    million out of a population of around 7 million.

    *** East Germany ***

    Between 80,000 and 100,000 people may have been killed in East Germany beginning in 1945 as part of political repression by the Soviet Union.

    *** Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ***

    In his book Statistics of Democide, Rudolph Rummel estimates that
    from 710,000 to slightly over 3,500,000 people have been murdered in the
    Democratic People’s Republic of Korea between 1948 through 1987. Steven Rosefielde stresses that the Red Holocaust “still persists in North Korea” as Kim Jong Il “refuses to abandon mass killing.

    ***People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia ***

    Amnesty International estimates that a total of half a million people were killed during the Red Terror of 1977 and 1978. During the terror groups of people were herded into churches that were
    then burned down, and women were subjected to systematic rape by

    During the period of the short lived Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919 the Lenin Boys committed crimes against the political opponents. After the Word War II, the communist State Protection Authority maintained concentration camps and committed mass genocides

    ***Democratic Republic of Afghanistan***
    By the time the Soviets withdrew in 1988, 1 to 1.5 million people had
    been killed, mostly Afghan civilians, and one-third of Afghanistan’s
    population had been displaced. Hassan Kakar argued that “the Afghans are among the latest victims of genocide by a superpower.” Mass graves of executed prisoners have been exhumed dating back to the Soviet era

    According to The Black Book of Communism, the Chinese Communists carried out a cultural genocide
    against the Tibetans. Jean-Louis Margolin states that the killings were
    proportionally larger in Tibet than China proper, and that “one can
    legitimately speak of genocidal massacres because of the numbers
    involved.” According to the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration,
    “Tibetans were not only shot, but also were beaten to death, crucified,
    burned alive, drowned, mutilated, starved, strangled, hanged, boiled
    alive, buried alive, drawn and quartered, and beheaded.

    etc. .etc… etc…

  3. Communist “human rights”  activist Vasili Mikhailovich Blokhin

    Was a Soviet Major-General who served as the chief executioner of the Stalinist NKVD under the administrations of Genrikh Yagoda, Nikolai Yezhov and Lavrenty Beria (after their respective falls from power, Yagoda and Yezhov were executed by Blokhin himself). Hand-picked for the position by Joseph Stalin in 1926, Blokhin led a company of executioners that performed and supervised numerous mass executions during Stalin’s reign, mostly during the Great Purge and World War II.
    He is recorded as having executed tens of thousands of prisoners by his
    own hand, including his killing of about 7,000 Polish prisoners of war
    during the Katyn Massacre in 1940, making him the most prolific official executioner in recorded world history.

  4. Tsipras… media darling of many Greek leftists (including some
    alleged moderates that write for the allegedly moderate Guardian in the UK)…
    used to belong to belong to KKE Communist Youth of Greece.

     For those allegedly “moderate” Greek leftists that write for the Guardian seem to have selective “forgotten” KKE’s roots…
    ΚΚΕ was founded on 4 November 1918 as the Socialist Labour Party of Greece (Greek: Σοσιαλιστικό Εργατικό Κόμμα Ελλάδας, Sosialistikó Ergatikó Kómma Elládas; acronym: ΣΕΚΕ, SEKE) by Avraam Benaroya, a Sephardic Jewish teacher and Socialist Workers’ Federation leader in Thessaloniki.

    At the Second Congress of the SEKE in April 1920, the party decided to affiliate with Comintern, an international Communist organisation founded in Moscow in 1919.

    At its Third Party Congress in 1924, KKE announced its policy for the
    self-determination of minorities, pointing out the minorities in
    Its policy was dictated by each Marxist-Leninist theory, that stated
    any minorities should be self-determined under a common Socialist State,
    and it had its roots in the example of the newly founded Soviet Union.
    In 1924, KKE expressed the official position of the Third International
    for “independent Macedonia and Thrace”. Some members disagreed with
    this, but it remained the official position of the party and caused
    expulsions of communists by the Greek state.KKE was seen by many as a party whose policy was “the detachment of
    large areas of northern Greece”. According to Richard Clogg “this was
    dictated by Comintern.
    During the civil war (1946–1949), an article written by Nikos Zachariadis expressed the KKE’s strategy after the envisioned victory of the Democratic Army of Greece
    regarding what was then known as the “Macedonian Issue”: “The
    Macedonian people will acquire an independent, united state.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_Greece#KKE_and_the_Macedonian_issue

    anyone thinks there isn’t very real racism against Greeks going on…
    just observing the “reporting”  of our alleged “allies’ in foreign NGOs these days. When was the last time  anyone at the Greek hating leftist trolls at
    the Guardian and New York Times (that selectively choose “Greeks” with
    non-Hellenic identities to represent the Greek people) or alleged “Human rights’ origanizations” like Helsiniki Greece or Soros funded HRW…. mention  the “minor” detail that both the US and
    UK not only claimed there was no such thing as an “ethnic Macedonian”…
    but even supplied Greeks the weapons to fight IMRO communist terrorists
    prmoting this exact “ethnic Macedonian” gibberish. Were the UK and US morally complicit in attempted genocide of “ethnic Macedonians” then? (and dare I say it… the UN general assembly that denouned communist attrocities commited my IMRO and other foreign powers on Greeks)

    “This (US)
    Government considers talk of Macedonian “nation”, Macedonian
    “Fatherland”, or Macedonia “national consciousness” to be
    unjustified demagoguery representing no ethnic nor political reality, and sees
    in its present revival a possible cloak for aggressive intentions against
    Greece” – US State Department Dec, 1944 (Foreign Relations Vol. VIII
    Washington D.C. Circular Airgram – 868.014/26)



    “Greece faces great
    difficulty in absorbing the refugees of Greek origin who are being driven out
    of the Balkan satellites by the communists. Thus, the brutal policies of Soviet
    tyranny are aggravating overcrowded conditions which are already a danger to
    the stability of these free nations. ” – US President Truman


    “Despite the
    continuing ravages of the foreign-inspired guerrilla warfare, the Greek people
    remain determined to rebuild their own land in their own way, in freedom and in
    peace. This is the significance of the “Work and Victory” rally. The spirit of
    the people and the recent successes of the Greek armed forces confirm my
    confidence that the new totalitarian pressure will be contained, whatever
    difficulties may lie ahead. The American people are proud of their part in
    helping to preserve Greek independence and the structure of world peace through
    the Greek aid program.”- US President Truman


    “The claim of
    certain Communist guerrilla leaders that they have established at some unknown
    point a ‘First Provisional Democratic Government of Free Greece’ is a
    transparent device, the true purpose of which will be clear to everyone. It is
    only a phase in the familiar effort of certain elements to overthrow the
    legitimate and recognized Greek Government and to threaten the territorial
    integrity and political independence of Greece. It came as no surprise In
    itself, it would not materially change the existing situation. “But if other
    countries were to recognize the group, this step would have serious
    implications. It would be clearly contrary to the principles of the United
    Nations Charter. And if the country concerned were one of Greece’s neighbors to
    the north, the act would constitute an open disregard of the recent
    recommendations of the United Nations Assembly, as set forth in the resolution
    of last October.”- US President Truman


    “That is what we did
    in Greece, when that nation was threatened by the aggression of international
    communism. The attack against Greece could have led to general war. But this
    country came to the aid of Greece. The United Nations supported Greek resistance.
    With our help, the determination and efforts of the Greek people defeated the
    attack on the spot. ”



  5. UN general assembly resololutions CONDEMNING various communist attrocities and threats against Greek territorial integrity committed on Greeks  

    (UN General Assembly
    Resolution 193, 1948)



    (UN General Assembly
    Resolution 288, 1949)



    (UN General Assembly
    Resolution 382 (V Section C),  1950)



    (UN General Assembly
    Resolution 618, 1952)


  6. Let us never forget that during the Greek civil war ours leftist fought not for the freedom of our homeland and the Greek people… but for communist tyranny as well as to detach Macedonia for the sake of IMRO terrorists.

    Are GD extremists… yes…. but this does not morally excuse any leftist extremists (or foreigner bigot that pretend not to notice their behavior) that once again collude with IMRO fanatics in their attempts to ethnically erase the Greek people. (nor any alleged “human rights: NGO’s that claim to support “Human rights”… yet stay silent about FYROM’s sudden change into “ancient Macedonians” to hide their shame for referencing IMRO propagandists as “ethnic Macedonians”)



    The idea that
    Alexander the Great belongs to us was at the mind of some outsider groups only.
    These groups were insignificant in the first years of our independence. But the
    big problem is that the old Balkan nations have been learned to legitimize
    themselves through their history. In the Balkans to be recognized as a nation
    you need to have history of 2,000 to 3,000 years old. Since you (Greece )
    forced us to invent a history, we did invent it.'(FYROM Foreign Minister Denko
    Maleski – 1991 to 1993)



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