Communist leaders support monument to victims of communism
The head of the Czech communist party Vojtech Filip and communist MEP Miloslav Randsorf have contributed financially to a planned memorial to Milada Horakova, a Czech politician executed by the Czechoslovak communist regime in 1950. The corner stone of the monument was laid on Tuesday near Prague’s Pankrac prison where Milada Horakova and other political prisoners were executed.
“I have to say that Milada Horakova was a patriot. Deep in her heart she was always for social justice, she was a socialist. This context makes the crime of the tribunal in the trial against the leadership of the Czech National Socialist Party even worse.”
Milada Horakova was a prominent member of the Czech National Socialist Party. She was imprisoned twice in her life: in 1940 by the Nazis and in 1949 by the communists. One year later, she was sentenced to death in a show trial and executed. Today, Miloslav Ransdorf and the communist party chairman Vojtech Filip are reflecting on the past of their own party. Miloslav Ransdorf again.
“It’s very difficult heritage of the past, and we should differentiate between what should be followed, what should continue, and what should be rejected. My deep conviction is that never in the future must law be used as an instrument of power. It is logical that some members of the party leadership contributed to the construction of the monument. Besides me, the chairman of the party Mr Filip contributed financially.”
“In democracy you cannot stop anyone who comes tries to help make democracy stronger, and to unveil the past. If a communist party member comes and wishes to tell the truth or say ‘I am sorry’, and if he shows it even with the financial assistance that he is sorry for what happened in the 1950s, and says so even publicly, it is very important for us, and for augmenting democracy.”