採訪/陳漢 編輯/張天宇 後製/蕭宇
Communism Equates to Nazism, Hammer and Sickle Banned
Since the collapse of the former Soviet Union,
much of the former communist countries
such as the Baltics, Czech Republic, Poland, and Georgia,
have made legislation to clear out the history of the
They equate the Communist Party to the Nazis,
and ban public display of communist and Nazi symbols,
especially the hammer and sickle symbol.
They believe the crimes of the Communists committed
during the era have far exceeded those of the Nazis.
Russia-based media RIA Novosti reported on Nov. 29th that
Georgian parliament passed amendments stating:
“The use of Nazi and communist symbols in public places and
the erection or refusal to dismantle monuments to and
bas-reliefs of totalitarian leaders in Georgia
will be punishable with a fine of 1,000 lari (around $600)."
The announcement follows suit with much of the former
socialist Eastern European countries and the Baltics
to issue a ban on communist symbols.
Russian Legal Information Agency reports: “According to
the authors of the proposed amendments to the
Georgian Freedom Charter and the Administrative Offences
Code, the term’symbols of totalitarian communism’ denotes
symbols that reflect’a totalitarian communist regime noted
for human rights violations, various forms of mass terror,
hunger, deportations, torture and slave labor, persecution
on ethnic or religious grounds, and infringements on the
freedom of conscience."
“The Freedom Charter, which the Georgian parliament
adopted in late May 2011, prohibits ex-Soviet security service
staff and the top officials of the former Communist Party and
its youth wing, the Komsomol, from holding public offices and
bans the use of Nazi and communist symbols in public places."
It also makes sure that there are no communist symbols
such as the hammer, sickle or red stars on public property and
no streets or areas bear names related to the communism.
A giant statue of Stalin that stood in his hometown of Gori
was dismantled in 2010.
Officials in Gori had the statue removed in the dead of night
to avoid protests.
Gori’s official explained, “Our historical ideals should be
people who tried to build a normal civilized country
rather than bloodthirsty hangmen."
Zhang Jian, China affairs expert: “People under these former
communist countries of the Soviet Union had suffered enough
from the ravages of communism.
In pursuit of truth and goals, after being through the
Great Purge during the Stalin era, they have realized that
throughout the history, only the communist countries make
their own people suffer such great sacrifice and persecution."
It is documented that since the collapse of the USSR,
countries in the Baltics such as Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia,
have passed legislation to remove all remnants of
Communist activities are permanently banned,
the Communist Party is an illegal organization,
and all Communist Party property is confiscated.
Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania and
other Eastern European countries have also banned
the activities of the Communist Party,
dismantled all communist monuments, statues, and
anything that symbolizes communism.
Use of the communist symbols such the sickle, hammer,
red flag, red star and so forth is subject to
fines or two years of imprisonment.
These former communist countries believe that
communism is just like fascism; they are totalitarian.
The communist ideology will give rise to an evil regime
that is inhumane and violates human rights.
The heinous crimes committed against their own people
during communist ruling can not be forgiven.
Zhang Jian: “The (communist led) persecutions are far more
broad than what the Nazis had done.
The Nazi’s mainly targeted other nations,
but the communists target not just the ethnic minorities,
but also the majority of people in its own country."
Majority of the socialist bloc countries have collapsed.
China, North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, and Laos are the five
remaining communist countries.
Coincidentally, the wave of quitting the Communist Party
had arisen prior to the disintegration of the regimes.
For instance, Hungary, had a party membership of 780,000,
and 120,000 people withdrew prior to it’s collapse.
Former East Germany had 2.4 million party members and
200,000 people quit the party before the collapse.
Former Czechoslovakia had 1.72 million party members,
after the political upheaval, nearly half of them quit the party.
Romania, following the Eastern Europe 1989 Revolutions,
all communists withdrew from the party.
A month prior to the collapse,
4.2 million Russians publicly renounced the party.
In China, even though still under communist rule,
there are already more than 150 million people who have quit
the Communist Party, the Communist Youth League and
the Young Pioneers organizations.
And the number continues to increase every day.
Interview/ChenHan Edit/ZhangTianyu Post-Production/XiaoYu