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Memorial Day for the victims of Stalinism and Fascism introduced in Latvia

Memorial Day for the victims of Stalinism and Fascism introduced in Latvia

The Latvian Saeima approved the 23rd of August as Memorial Day for victims of Stalinism and Nazism as reports.

The new Memorial Day was approved on the proposal of the right party “Civil Union” whose representatives worked out a respective bill. At the beginning of the week, reminds the agency, members of the governing coalition discussed the proposal of the introduction of a Memorial Day for the victims of Stalinism and Nazism, supported by the initiative of the “Civil Union”.

The date was selected due to the fact that namely on the 23rd of August 1939 the Soviet Union and Germany signed the Treaty of Non-Aggression which is also called Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (after the Foreign Ministers of the two countries). Enclosed to the document is a secret protocol according to which Germany and the Soviet Union as a matter of fact divide up the territory of Eastern Europe between themselves.

Thus, Latvia is the second country within the former Soviet Republics which equates the gravity of the crimes of the Soviet Union and Germany through the founding of the Memorial Day. In May 2009 a Memorial Day for the victims of Nazism and Stalinism was introduced in Estonia.

It should be noted that on the 3rd of July 2009 the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE adopted a resolution that equates the Soviet Union with Nazi-Germany. The document among other things proposes to make the 23rd of August Memorial Day for the victims of Stalinism and Nazism.


The leader of an anti-racist gang was arrested in Los Angeles

In the United States the leader of a street gang which tried to control the musical hardcore scene was arrested, as Associated Press reports. Elgin Nathan James, founder of the organisation FSU (Friends Stand United), was arrested; he is accused of extortion. James and his followers tried with force to impose their view on the hardcore scene, especially pursuing supporters of right-wing radicalism.

According to the investigations Reuters is leading members of the FSU since 2004 exposed performers and listeners of hardcore punk to beatings and recorded these violent acts on video. The purpose of the gang was the control of concert places and the suppression of activities of right-wing radical groups, in particular skinhead Nazis. In the case file appears a certain popular artist from Chicago whose name is not disclosed as a victim.

The injured musician and his friends were exposed to beating and threatening by members of the FSU during their tour from the end of 2005 till the beginning of 2006. The investigation disposes of an audiotape of a telephone conversation in which James extorted five thousand dollars from the victim for stopping the persecution. It is known that the money transfer passed under the observation of FBI agents.


The grouping FSU appeared in Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1990s; afterwards it received support from other states. James, who played in several hardcore groups, and his comrades belonged to the anti-racist wing of the movement “Straight Edge”. They used beating, robberies and other violent method for the fight against racism, drug trafficking and abuse of animals. In the last years James moved away from violence, moved to California and worked in the film business. If he is declared guilty, James will face a 20-years prison term.


Dzhemilev demanded to recognize the expulsion of the Crimean Tatars as genocide in the SBU


The expulsion of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 must be recognized as genocide.

This declared the chairman of the Mejlis Mustafa Dzhemilev speaking in Kiev at the Round Table of the Security Service of Ukraine concerning “Deportation of Crimean Tatars: historical and legal assessment”.

“Already in the 18th century the Crimea was captured by Russian troops, at that time also began the ethnical cleaning. The Tatars were simply forced to leave their territory. But the Bolsheviks used even more radical methods. All of the Tatars were evicted. The formal reason was the resolution of the State Defense Committee that the Crimean Tatars during the Second World War cooperated with the Nazis. The absurdity of this accusation is obvious as at the beginning of the war the whole male population regardless of their attitude towards the Soviet system was mobilized for the Soviet Army”, Dzhemilev began his speech by listing historical events.

“In the Crimea were left mostly children, women and old people. Some months after the Crimean Tatars in August and also before that about 50.000 Germans from the Volgaregion were evicted, even before the beginning of the war – so there wasn’t anything to blame them with at all – and after the deportation of the Crimean Tatars were evicted the Greek, the Armenians and the Bulgarians” he continued.

“We consider all these crimes as a crime which should be classified as genocide. The settlers were placed into appalling conditions. Even according to the official KGB information on the number of deaths within a period of six months about 38% were killed, but the highest mortality was during the first two years. And according to our data it was 46%”, said Dzhemilev.

“There are indications that after the deportation there was ethnical cleaning, and not a movement of the Soviet authorities which dictated some strategic considerations; the fact is that all the cultural heritage of the Crimean Tatars was destroyed. All spiritual and religious monuments on the territory of the Crimea, and the books just as in the times of Inquisition were burned.

Together with them were even burned the works of Marx, Lenin and Stalin, if they stood in our libraries and homes, because they were written in the Crimean Tatar language”, he points out.

“All settlements were renamed into the Russian language. Even cemeteries were destroyed – razed to the ground and from the tombstones were made sidewalks and pigsties.

In short, this was not hidden as it was written in the press that it is the task of the Party and the government to make the Crimea a pure Russian region of the Soviet Union”, asserts the chairman of the Meijlis.

“For many years we were fighting for the return to our historic fatherland and after the return the problem arose that there should be given an assessment of this crime by the Ukrainian State.

In 2005 in the national council of the Crimean Tatars was taken the decision that we will ensure that this crime is classified as what it is: genocide. And we are grateful that the governing bodies of the Ukraine, in the first place the president, charged a commission with this crime.

This is not about finding the responsible persons and punishing them. But a rule-governed state as the Ukraine has to give a legal assessment of the genocide. It will also contribute to the restoration of justice as well as to the improvement of the political climate on the territory of the Crimean peninsula and in the Ukraine. It will put an end to the different false rumors around this issue”, concluded Dzhemilev.


UN urged Italy to give up the deportation of illegal immigrants

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees called Italy to put an end to the expulsion of immigrants from Libya that were intercepted on the Mediterranean Sea back to their country, reports Associated Press. The UN is concerned that these people could be subjected to a prison sentence in Libya. The High Commissioner placed all the responsibility for such incidents on the Italian authorities.

Remember that the number of illegal immigrants to Italy grows each year. To counter the illegal entry the government tightened the legislation and in July 2008 a state of emergency was introduced in the whole country to counter illegal immigration.

Earlier this month the lower house of the Italian Parliament approved a bill according to which illegal entry and stay in the country is considered as a crime. Now the bill is pending in Senate. If it is adopted, there will be a fine of five to ten thousand Euros for illegal entry and stay in Italy.

At the same time the bill does not provide punishment of imprisonment for illegal immigrants, however for citizens of the country who give housing to migrants the bill provides up to three years of imprisonment.



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