PCP, Ukraine and 50th Anniversary of April 25th – The Observer

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On the 21st of April, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, addressed the Head of State, the Prime Minister and all political parties with parliamentary representation via videoconference in the Council of the Republic. everyone?! No, because the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) shone during his absence.

Apparently, the People’s Congress Party, although its parliamentary representation has been reduced to a minimum of expression, still enjoys the luxury of not participating in the sessions of the Council of the Republic. In doing so, he expresses his contempt for democracy, the President of the Republic and Parliament. And this offends a foreign head of state who, although his country is at war, was honoring Portugal with his intervention in the Council of the Republic. It is also an insult to Ukraine which, in these tragic moments, is suffering from the aggression of Russia, which the Communist Party of Pakistan believes is still the Soviet Union, which it misses so much.

True, the Russian Federation, in order to legalize the annexation of Crimea, held a mock referendum, which was not recognized by the European Union and considered illegal by the Council of Europe. More recently, Russia, in violation of the most basic human rights and principles of international law, invaded Ukraine, apparently with the approval of the People’s Congress.

The existence of the People’s Congress, as well as the existence of any other totalitarian party, from the far right or the extreme left, is a threat to democracy. Certainly there should be political tolerance, but only for democratic forces, and this is certainly not the case with the Popular Congress Party. Shouldn’t the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, which formally ban parties with a fascist ideology, forbid the existence of communist parties, which are no more democratic than those?

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Political correctness understood – and well! Nazism is an unforgivable misguidance. But not communism. In most European democracies, of course, there are no longer communist parties, however, in Portugal, the ideology responsible for more than a hundred million deaths worldwide is still immersed. Warning: This is not basic anti-communism, but it is a factual statement.

Few, on the left, are Democrats who have the courage to denounce the horrors of communism, certainly an extraordinary victory for the propaganda in question. The mainstream press sympathizes with communism, as if Karl Marx is some kind of Santa Claus, and Che Guevara is a new version of Jesus Christ as a superstar. It was not so for the Church which, if firm in its condemnation of National Socialism, was no less so with regard to Communism.

The evil of communism is neither circumstantial nor seasonal, but structural and permanent. It is not a democratic party in an identity crisis, but an ideology and political practice that has always been, and will continue to be, totalitarian. Indeed, its anti-democratic essence is also evident in its inner life, where there is no space for freedom of religion, thought or expression, nor any other option but to agree with the leader in everything and always, as happens in Cuba. Or in China or in North Korea.

Because of its anti-fascism, and its fight against the regime of Salazar and Caetano, the PPC claims to be a ‘democratic’ when, in fact, its commitment to overthrow Estado Novo serves the purpose of creating an even worse dictatorship, called the proletariat. . The merits of those who fought against PIDE, censorship, and other repressive practices must be acknowledged, but those who fought against the Estado Novo with the aim of imposing, as they attempted at PREC, a more totalitarian regime should not be commended.

Acknowledging the PP for its anti-fascism is as paradoxical as thanking the Nazi regime for its commitment to overthrowing Stalinist Russia. Certainly, some Portuguese communists, as well as the Soviet Red Army, helped defeat the Estado Novo and Hitler’s National Socialist regime respectively. But the truth is that both were intended only to replace one terrible dictatorship with another, certainly neither less abhorrent nor more democratic.

Nor does so-called communist “cohesion” deserve public attention or recognition. Perseverance in doing good is virtuous, but perpetuation of error is repeated stupidity, i.e. stubbornness. If Kunhal, who was unable to understand the contradictions of communism, and had no manliness to denounce its excesses, deserved to be a stubborn communist until the end of his life, then Hitler should also be praised for his ‘steadfastness’ in his death. Nazi obsession.

Only now – finally! Some media outlets are starting to lose some of their venerable fear of PCP. Many journalists have noted that there is a growing rift between the Portuguese communists, allied with the imperialist forces of despotic Putin, and the vast majority of our people, in solidarity with the martyred state of Ukraine. In this sense, this war served to open the eyes of those who, naively, still believed in the goodness of communism. Give us that!

The People’s Congress party, which did not participate in the parliamentary session in which the President of Ukraine intervened, raises a question that voters will have to answer in the upcoming legislative elections: why vote for candidates who, once elected, do not even go to the Assembly of the Republic ?!

Ukraine, after the Holodomor tragedy and seventy years of Soviet domination, banned the Communist Party, just as our country, after 48 years of Estado Novo, banned fascist parties. But shouldn’t Portugal, given the sad experience of the People’s Republic of China, ban the Communist Party as well? Indeed, the exclusion of the APC from the National Assembly of the Republic, as a result of the upcoming legislative elections, would be an unmistakable expression of the democratic maturity of the Portuguese and the best way to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the fall of the authoritarian regimes of Salazar and Caetano. It will also be an excellent way to ensure the main objective of April 25: the establishment of democracy in Portugal.

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