Communists combat waves of repression

BY:Emile Schepers And CPUSA International Department| September 15, 2017
Communists combat waves of repression



Bangladesh:  Reds decry repression of Muslim ethnic group

The president of the Communist Party of Bangladesh, Mujahidul Islam Selim, and the party’s General Secretary, Shah Adam, have denounced the actions of the government of neighboring Myanmar (Burma) for its recent violent suppression of members of the Rohingya Muslim minority in that country. The Rohingyas, concentrated in Rahaine province on the Bangladeshi border, have been subjected to “genocide, arson and ruthless torture”, the Bengali communists said in an August 29 statement.  The result is that thousands of Rohingyas have become refugees in Bangladesh, greatly stressing that impoverished country’s economy.

The communists called for the humane treatment of the refugees by Bangladesh, but also pointed out that these are, after all, citizens of Myanmar and therefore it is the responsibility of the Myanmar government to straighten out the situation in conformity with international law and the recommendations of a special committee headed by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.


Syria: Communists denounce massacre by ISIS

The Communist Party of Syria (Unified) condemned the international  community for allowing the murder of 1,018 Syrian citizens by the Islamic State in the region of Dair el Zor in Eastern Syria.  According to the Communist Party statement, the victims were taken to a school where they were all shot, in retaliation for defeats the Syrian government has recently inflicted on ISIS in that region. The statement continues:  “The massacre wouldn’t have taken place if the international community had stood from the beginning against the terrorists who use the dirtiest criminal methods ever known….  We call upon the international community to express its condemnation of this massacre, and to put pressure on the world’s governments to stand against these gangs and those who support them”.


Ukraine:  CP decries massive government falsification of history

In an interview conducted in Morning Star, the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Ukraine,   Petro Symonenko, describes the persecution his party is being subjected to under the regime of the right wing president of that country,  Poroshenko.   Not only have there been efforts to make the Communist Party illegal, but Ukrainian officials have been rewriting history to erase the role that Ukrainian fascists played in supporting the Nazis during World War II.  According to Symonenko, the Ukrainian “National Institute for Historical Memory” has been functioning as the regime’s “main tool for falsifying history”.  Using pseudoscience to peddle an extreme view of Ukrainian national history, which demonizes the Soviet Union and extolls extremist Ukrainian organizations and leaders who sided with Hitler, going to the extreme of describing Ukrainians as “full blooded Aryans”.  The falsification is found in school textbooks and includes the destruction of monuments to Soviet heroes.


Argentina: Communists reject repression

The Communist Party of Argentina has denounced the right-wing government of President Mauricio Macri for its repressive acts against demonstrators who are demanding justice for Santiago Maldonado. Maldonado is an indigenous rights activist who was arrested a month ago in the context of protests by the indigenous Mapuche people.  He has not been seen since and the government has not given an accounting of his whereabouts.  The party also is joining thousands of others in demanding justice for Maldonado, as well as the firing of the country’s Minister of Security, Patricia Bullrich, and its Minister of Justice and Human Rights, German Garavano, because of their passive attitude toward Maldonado’s disappearance.

The party states, as well, that Argentines should “not forget that in our country there was once a genocidal dictatorship which organized the looting of our riches and to do this, had to “disappear” 30,000 of our comrades, and began with one…Never again!”




    Emile Schepers is a veteran civil and immigrant rights activist. Emile Schepers was born in South Africa and has a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Northwestern University. He has worked as a researcher and activist in urban, working-class communities in Chicago since 1966. He is active in the struggle for immigrant rights, in solidarity with the Cuban Revolution and a number of other issues. He now writes from Northern Virginia.


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