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CP of Australia, Australian Response to Anti-Communism in
From: Communist Party of Australia, Wednesday, 09 June 2010
http://www.cpa.org.au , mailto:cpa@cpa.org.au 

Dear Comrades, 

We have sent the following letter to the Polish Ambassador
in Australian and to the Polish consuls in various states
of Australia. We also included a big picture of the hammer
and sickle.

Denis Doherty
for the CPA


Tuesday, 8 June 2010

The Ambassador 
The Embassy of Poland
Canberra ACT

Dear Ambassador/Consul,

We wish to strongly protest against your Government's
planned undemocratic legislation to outlaw the depiction of
Communists symbols.

We are appalled that the Polish Government is so ignorant
of its own history as to equate Communism with Nazism. The
Nazis started WW 11 by invading your country in September
1939, beginning a conflict that cost about 50 million
deaths. Poland was devastated and was not liberated till
the army of the Soviet Union drove the Nazis out during
1944-45. Your country lost many people in that war as did
the Soviet Union led by the Communist Party of the Soviet
Union. Your law turns history on its head!

The Communist Party of Australia condemns this legislation
which proves that the civil liberties of the Polish people
are about to be trampled on. 

We support what the Communist Party of Poland (KPP) has
correctly stated: "We strongly oppose efforts to equate
fascism  which, based on racism, led to the bloodiest war
in history thanks to the implementation of a plan to
exterminate millions of people  with communism, which is
built on the principles of social justice, and which
defeated the genocidal fascists thanks to the utter
dedication to struggle and sacrifice of countless millions
of men, women and children. Despite even the most brutal
repression we will not stop in our struggle for the victory
of socialism, nor turn from the road to a victorious
communist destiny!"

We draw your attention to the articles 18 and 19 of the UN
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This Covenant
protects the rights of people to their opinions and to
express them publicly.  

Article 18
1. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought,
conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom
to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and
freedom, either individually or in community with others
and in public or private, to manifest his religion or
belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.

2. No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair
his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his

Article 19
1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without

2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression;
this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and
impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of
frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the
form of art, or through any other media of his choice.

Like the Communists of Poland, the Communist Party of
Australia will continue to proudly display our symbols and
will continue to stand up for the economic, social and
political rights of working people.

We stand with Communists and others around the world who
are resisting the current trend to punish workers for the
global economic crisis. We condemn and resist the efforts
to silence those who are fighting for an alternative,
democratic, peaceful and just  future.

We call on the representatives of the Polish Government in
Australia to indicate to the regime in Poland the disgust
that Australians feel for political persecution and the
anti-communist legislation enacted on June 8, 2010.

Yours sincerely

Dr. Hannah Middleton
General Secretary Communist Party of Australia


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