The Guardian 25 October, 2006

Czech Communist Youth Union outlawed

Call for solidarity from the International Department Communist Youth Union (KSM)

The Communist Youth Union (KSM) in the Czech Republic was officially dissolved by the state on October 12, 2006. On October 16 the KSM received a letter from the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic declaring that the Ministry had dissolved the KSM. This happened in spite of a large campaign against the danger of banning the organisation of young communists in the Czech Republic.


Thousands of citizens of the Czech Republic signed a petition against the move by the Ministry of Interior to make the KSM illegal. Opposition to the outlawing of the KSM in the Czech Republic was expressed for example by organisations of former anti-fascist fighters, student organisations, political parties and civic associations.

The endeavour of the Ministry of Interior to make the KSM illegal provoked a strong international campaign. Hundreds of youth and student organisations, trade unions and political parties together with thousands of people protested to the Ministry of Interior and embassies of the Czech Republic in their countries. Solidarity with the KSM was expressed by a large number of members of parliaments, famous intellectuals and personalities like Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo, leader of Zapatistas Marcos and singer Bono Vox from U2.

Demonstrations in support of the KSM were organised in front of the Czech Republic’s embassies in many countries of the world. The World Federation of Democratic Youth initiated an International Day of Solidarity with the KSM on February 27, 2006.

The Ministry of Interior originally impugned the status of the KSM as a civic association under the pretext that the goals of KSM’s activity interfered with an area restricted to activities of political parties. The Ministry of Interior further stated that the behaviour of the KSM was illegal because it was theoretically based in Marx, Engels and Lenin and on the proclaimed necessity of socialist revolution.

Nevertheless, the Ministry of Interior did not use any of those arguments for the dissolution of the KSM. The only reason that has led officially to the dissolution of the KSM is that the KSM reflects in its Program the necessity of replacing of the private ownership of the means of production with collective ownership of the means of production.

The KSM, in spite of its official dissolution by the state is going to carry on the struggle for the rights of the majority of young people — students, young workers and unemployed and for socialism! The KSM is going to challenge the decision of the Ministry of Interior in court.

The outlawing of the KSM was committed in an atmosphere of a militant anti-communist witch-hunt, various anti-communist campaigns and attacks, and new calls for the criminalisation of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM). The decision of the Ministry of Interior was realised only one week before local and Senate elections in which the KSCM participates.

Dear comrades and friends, it is necessary to stand up internationally against this banning and criminalisation of the communist movement in the Czech Republic. We ask you therefore to express your solidarity with the KSM and to protest against this unprecedented move of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic at the embassies of the Czech Republic in your countries.

We ask you simultaneously to inform us about your activities on our e-mail:
international@ksm.cz or on fax: ++420 222 897 449.

You may also sign following petitions:
http://4ksm.kke.gr (initiated by the Communist Party of Greece),
http://wfdy-ksm.kne.gr (initiated by the World Federation of Democratic Youth).

We ask you to publish this information about anti-democratic act of the Czech state power in the media in your countries. We ask you also for any other kind of solidarity. With your international support it is possible and it is vital to defeat all the anti-communist and anti-democratic attacks!

Long live international solidarity!
International Department KSCM
In Australia send your protests to: Embassy of the Czech Republic
8 Culgoa Circuit, O’Malley
Canberra, ACT 2606, Australia
Tel: 02 6290 1386Fax: 02 6290 0006e-mail: canberra@embassy.mzv.cz

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