Urgent Action: STOP FASCISM!
4 Aug, 2002
Urgent Call for support from: The Communist Youth Union www.ksm.cz
To All Progressive People of the World, HELP US STOP FASCISM
Urge Slovak Parliament Not to Make Free Speech a Crime! Help Us in Our Fight!
Dear Commrades and Friends,
The Parliament of Slovakia has voted to make it a crime to “propagate communism in public.” Those accused of doing so will face six months to three years in prison. The bill was proposed by three rightwing deputies (Mr. Tatar, Mr. Sebej and Mr. Osusky). It was then supported by the “social-democratic” deputies of the so-called Party of the Democratic Left. President Rudolf Shuster did not sign it but sent it back to Parliament. On 19 August Parliament will vote on it again, and it may become law.
The authors of the bill cover themselves by also making it a crime to “propagate fascism.” But fascists today often go by other names. Leftists and communists have always been the most sincere fighters against fascism. Millions of Communists have died in the fight against fascism from the 1930s until today. By equating communism with fascism and suppressing free speech for communists, the deputies are paving the way for real fascism. It is the left and the working class movement who are the real targets of this law. We call upon all those who believe in justice and freedom to urge Slovak parliament to let the law die. Fascism was defeated once in Europe. We must not let it rise again.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please protest to the chairman of the Slovak Parliament by mail, email or telephone. Let him know that you or your organization opposes any attempt to outlaw the “propagation of Communism” as an attack on free speech, democracy and the rights of the people.
Protests and appeals may be sent to Chairman of Slovak parliament by mail to:
Jozef Migas, chairman of Parliament
Nam. Alexandra Dubceka 1
812 80 Bratislava
Tel. +421 02 544 15601
Fax. +421 02 544 15460
Please, send us a copy of your letter, mail, or call, so we have an overview of developing the campaign. Email address of the campaign is firstname.lastname@example.org.
With greetings of the international solidarity
Milan Krajèa, Ist vicechairman of the Communist Youth Union (KSM)