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WP of Ireland, WPI Condemns the Banning of Communist
Symbols in Poland
From: Workers' Party of Ireland
http://www.workerspartyireland.net/  , mailto:wpi@indigo.ie


The Workers' Party of Ireland
Head Office, 48 North Great George's Street, Dublin 1,
www.workerspartyireland.net  Tel: (00 353 1) - 856 1879 

Statement by the Workers' Party of Ireland on the Banning
of Communist Symbols in Poland 

The Workers' Party of Ireland condemns the actions of the
Polish government in creating a new reactionary law to ban
the display of communist symbols in Poland. This attack on
the democratic rights of Polish communists and the
Communist Party of Poland to raise their principles and
symbols is a continuation of the unprecedented acts of
historical vandalism being committed throughout Europe and
in Poland itself on the monuments and images which
symbolise the struggle against fascism in Europe, including
the attempt to remove the statue of General Karol
Swierczewski, a hero and veteran of the International
Brigades who fought for the Spanish Republic.

These attacks, bolstered by the reactionary anti-communist
rhetoric of forces within the Council of Europe's
parliamentary assembly, are an attempt at a time of
capitalist crisis, when capitalism has again clearly failed
the working class,  to prevent workers seeing the
achievements of socialism and that another world is

This hostility has been recently manifested in the vicious
anti-communist campaign being waged across Europe. There is
a concerted and relentless campaign to distort and falsify
history by vilifying those who fought for the destruction
of Nazism and fascism and to absolve fascism and its
collaborators from the terror and destruction they visited
upon the world. 

The Soviet Union played a decisive role in the defeat of
fascism, Nazism and Japanese imperialism. In 1945 fascism
was defeated in Europe. The Soviet Union, the Red Army and
the communist partisans and resistance fighters of Europe
were instrumental in securing that defeat. The Red Army,
under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Soviet
Union, was instrumental in that achievement. 

We must not permit these achievements to be forgotten. It
is not simply a matter of history. It is a question of
ideology and class struggle. The capitalist class, in the
throes of a crisis, wishes to attack and attempts to
tarnish those forces which are best placed to lead the
ideological offensive against it. It is the Communist and
Workers' Parties of Europe which will provide the
leadership in the anti-capitalist struggle.
Marxism-Leninism is a class based analysis of the global
capitalist system. It provides a vision of solidarity,
peace, justice, freedom and equality at a time of misery,
inequality, injustice, class exploitation, poverty and war
which are the inevitable consequences of capitalism and

The anti-democratic operation to suppress the Czech
Communist Youth Union (KSM); the attacks on the Communist
Party of Bohemia and Moravia; the current attacks on Polish
communists and their symbols, and the attempts across
Europe to ban communist and workers' parties together with
their monuments and symbols of struggle - represent a
concerted effort to persecute those who dare to make a
stand against imperialism and capitalism.     

The peoples of Europe should cherish the heritage of
anti-fascism. The Workers' Party of Ireland condemns this
vicious anti-communist law, demands its immediate abolition
and offers its solidarity with the Communist Party of
Poland and Polish communists at this time. 

Central Executive Committee
Workers' Party of Ireland
8th June 2010


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