Skip to comments.Russia, EU Politicians Denounce Ukraine Parliament's Ouster of Communists
Posted on 07/25/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Russia's Communist Party and European leftist parliamentary groups have denounced the ousting of the Ukrainian Communist party from the country's parliament as a breach of free speech.
Leader of the Russian Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov, called the ban, set to go into effect on Thursday, the latest attempt to "massacre" the party of his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Symonenko.
"Attempts to muzzle them and do away with them are evidence of the cowardice and hideousness of those who are doing this," Zyuganov told state-run Rossiya 24 television channel on Wednesday.
Ukrainian parliament voted to oust the party after Symonenko on Wednesday accused his country's security services of having "destroyed" Ukrainian citizen to harvest their organs on the black market, Interfax reported, citing members of the nationalist Svoboda Party.
European coalition United Left/Nordic Green Left, or GUE/NGL, appealed to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko not to sign the bill on the dissolution of the Communist party and to "safeguard the Communist Party of Ukraine's parliamentary statute and resulting immunity," according to the group's online statement published Wednesday.
"All parties and organizations which criticize the government must be free to act without restrictions and intimidations," the statement added.
Calls for disbanding Ukraine's Communist Party began after Symonenko said this spring that if he were in charge of the country, he would immediately bring back troops from eastern Ukraine, referring to the military operations taking place there as acts of "war against the people," RIA Novosti reported.
Communist lawmakers were booted from a closed-door parliamentary session in early May, after lawmakers from other factions reportedly accused them of separatism.
The disbandment of the Communist Party faction in Ukraines parliament and an attempt to ban the party is another example of how Kiev is infringing on the right to free speech and pluralism. Combined with a crackdown on unsuitable media and persecution of dissidents, this latest move by the Kiev authorities is taking Ukraine far away from the democratic path, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry human rights ombudsman, wrote in Twitter.
Suddenly Communists are concerned about free speech?
WHERE IS THE FREE SPEECH IN MOSCOW???????
Free speech is on its way out here too.
Too bad we can’t oust the Communists from Congress — and the White House.
Yes. You can’t criticize the One because he is black. Any criticizism of the One have to be rooted in racism - even if you are black yourself!!
Russian is flexing its muscle and islamic terrorists are killing Christians, Jews, even their own. America’s president in the the closet pretending nothing is wrong. It’s not just the fact the obama is weak and incompetent, but what about the stupid voters who put him in office.
You know what? Go suck an egg.
We can’t because of the Obamunists like the foul mouth bullies around here.
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