Thursday, September 8, 2022

KKE MEPs: The European Union encourages and promotes the destruction of Soviet WWII monuments

The MEPs of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) denounced the destruction of monuments of the great Anti-fascist Victory of the Peoples, which is taking place with the encouragement of the EU, by submitting a Question to the European Commission.

They note that “After the dissolution of the USSR, a plan of destruction and vandalism of monuments commemorating the Great Anti-fascist Victory of the Peoples is being implemented in several EU member states. These provocative actions have multiplied since the imperialist conflict in Ukraine. 
The anti-communist and anti-Soviet campaign is also encouraged by the President of the European Commission, with her recent unacceptable statement on the so-called ‘day of remembrance of victims of totalitarian regimes’ which the EU is attempting to establish. In this way, the EU is attempting to make an unhistorical equation between the monster of fascism and socialism and to unfoundedly identify today’s capitalist Russia with the Soviet Union.

The people of the countries where the destruction of monuments is taking place are reacting. The destruction of the largest anti-fascist monument in Riga, Latvia, by the Latvian authorities required heavy police presence and was carried out under the disapproval of World War II veterans and their families. In the city of Balvi, the Builders’ Trade Union issued a statement refusing to participate in the demolition of similar memorials. A similar operation took place in the Polish town of Brzeg, whose government has targeted another 60 monuments commemorating the Red Army. In Narva, Estonia, the authorities removed a monument to the Anti-Fascist Victory, while the government has announced the removal of up to 400 Soviet monuments.

The destruction of monuments and the banning of Communist Parties, of communist symbols, and even of the ‘communist ideology’ in some cases, is accompanied by a curtailment of trade union rights and popular freedoms all over the EU. This organized distortion of history is intensifying today when the impasses of the capitalist mode of production, imperialist war, refugees, capitalist crises, the sharpening of exploitation, poverty, and high prices are increasingly crushing the peoples. Their objective is obvious and concrete: to shield the exploitative system against the realistic, necessary, and timely prospect of socialism, which has proved to be the only one to provide solutions to these impasses for the benefit of the peoples”.

Based on the above, Kostas Papadakis and Lefteris Nikolaou-Alavanos, MEPs of the KKE, submitted the following question to the European Commission:

“What is the position of the Commission on:

- The fact that monuments of high importance, which represent the modern history of the people’s struggle and symbolize internationalist solidarity, friendship among the peoples, and peace, are being destroyed or vandalized by the authorities of EU member states?

- The fact that the EU, through its official policy and statements, encourages and de facto attempts to legitimize such atrocities against the historical and cultural heritage of the European peoples, invoking the unhistorical identification of the horrific fascism with socialism and the unacceptable view that today’s capitalist Russia is supposedly a historical continuation of the USSR?”.