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posted by James Tweedie in World

Workers’ parties worldwide slam gathering of justice ministers

COMMUNIST and workers’ parties around the world have condemned the latest bid to equate communism with nazism.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP) denounced an “anti-communist fiesta” held in Estonia’s capital Talinn on Wednesday.

Justice ministers from EU member states gathered to mark the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, also known as Black Ribbon Day.

The European Parliament established the commemoration in 2009 — equating Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s purges with the nazi genocide of tens of millions of Jews, Poles, Soviets, Gypsies, gays and others.

The statement was signed by the more than 60 affiliates to the IMCWP, including the Communist Party of Britain.

“The anti-communist meeting aims to slander socialism and its unprecedented achievements for the workers, to falsify history, to anti-historically and unacceptably equate communism with the monster of fascism and its atrocities,” it said.

“The provocative identification of communism with fascism means exonerating fascism and the womb that gives birth to and nourishes it, the exploitative capitalist system.”

The IMCWP stressed that while communists are persecuted — especially in the former socialist states — nazi collaborators are glorified and even granted state war pensions. But it vowed: “The truth will shine through.”

Greek Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis declined an invitation to the Talinn event, saying it sent a “wrong and dangerous political message.

“At a time when the fundamental values of the European Union are openly questioned by the rise of far-right movements and neonazi parties across Europe, the above-mentioned initiative is very unfortunate,” he wrote.

In a letter of thanks to Mr Kontonis published in the Greek media this week, liberal Centre Party MP Oudekki Loone said: “Unfortunately, such efforts to indirectly justify the nazi regime and nazi ideology are staunchly present in Estonian politics today.”