People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 01

January 03, 2010

 CPI(M) Condemns Attempts to ban

Communist Party of Bohemia & Moravia of Czech Republic


THE Communist Party of India (Marxist) denounces the attempts to ban Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia of the Czech Republic. This is in continuation of the attempts of the imperialist forces to malign communism and is a part of their design to curb the growing influence of the communist parties and their ideology world over. It has to be remembered here that the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) had passed a resolution equating communism with fascism. It attempted to re-write history, denying the rightful place to the heroic role played by the Red Army and the Soviet Union in defeating Hitler and fascism during the Second World War.

Ironically, the attempt to ban the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, the third biggest party in that country that has won 13 per cent of the popular vote in the last elections held in 2006, is being carried out in the name of 'democracy'.

The senators behind these moves want the party to give up its adherence to socialism and condemn Marx, Lenin and their teachings. The growing urge among the people to read Marx, understand his ideas and the potential challenge this poses to their hegemony is irking the ruling classes. The present move follows the banning of the youth organisation of the party � KSM.

The attempts to ban the Communist Party is not an isolated incident confined to just the Czech Republic. Few weeks earlier, all forms of communist symbols and expressions were banned in Poland. There is a concerted attack on the communist parties and Marxist ideology, especially in the countries in the East European region. These attacks should be viewed in a larger context of the current acute recession engulfing the entire world and the increased hardships of the working class.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses its solidarity with the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia and condemns the attempts to ban it. Reiterating its commitment to the tenets of Marxism-Leninism and communist ideology, it calls upon all the democratic minded people to resist such attempts. (INN)