Condemnation of the Ban on the Communist Party of the Ukraine (CPU) by the Fascist Poroshenko Regime

December 25, 2015

The Central Committee


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Comrades :

            The Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP-1930, the Philippine Communist Party) wishes to express its solidarity with the Communist Party of the Ukraine (CPU) in the wake of the December 16, 2015 decision of the Kiev Appellate Administrative Court to ban the CPU from participating in elections.

The decision, which could lead the way to the banning of the CPU’s activities and very existence, and to the further restriction of political freedoms in the Ukraine, is anchored on the totally baseless ground of the CPU’s alleged promotion of “ethnic tensions and civil strife”.

If there is any party which is guilty of promoting ethnic tensions and civil strife in the Ukraine, it is none other than the present oligarchic regime of Petro Poroshenko which came to power through the terror of the February 2014 coup d’etat which simultaneously persecuted all opposition and started an anti-Russian pogrom which led to a civil war and the de-facto partition of the Ukraine. The Poroshenko regime also tried but failed to criminalize the use of the word “communist”, as well as the use of its symbols such as the star and the hammer-and-sickle which are the recognized symbols of the communist movement worldwide.

The Poroshenko regime’s program of anti-communism and the denigration of anti-fascist heroes, along with the glorification of the World-War-II-era Ukrainian nazis, is clearly a condemnable program of neo-fascism. The destruction of the Soviet-era monuments to Lenin and to the Soviet soldiers who laid down their lives to defeat Hitlerite fascism during World War II, and the naming of Stepan Bandera and other collaborators of Hitler as “national heroes”, is nothing but plain revanchism and a shameless attempt to falsify history.

The latest ban on the CPU, the leading opposition force in the Ukraine, is another attempt to consolidate the pro-imperialist and anti-democratic regime of Poroshenko, whose attacks against dissent are instigated and openly supported by imperialist circles of the USA, the EU and NATO.

The banning of a communist party from electoral activity is unacceptable in the present period, even in a neo-colonial country such as the Philippines where our party suffered from a similar ban 4 decades ago. This ban on the CPU is therefore a grave disgrace to the Poroshenko regime which is trying to fan an anti-communist hysteria and witch-hunt.

The PKP-1930 is confident that the CPU will be able to surmount Poroshenko’s anti-communist campaign, and will carry on with even more vigor the struggle against fascism and for socialism in the Ukraine. The PKP-1930 also salutes its fraternal parties in Europe which are taking the issue of Poroshenko’s anti-communist campaign before European bodies such as the the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

The PKP-1930 stands in solidarity with the CPU and other communist and workers’ parties which are similarly suffering from persecution.

                                                                                                With communist greetings,

                                                                                                ANTONIO  E.  PARIS

                                                                                                General Secretary, PKP-1930