Skip to comments.Poland plans laws to ban communist symbols
Posted on 03/29/2007 8:14:30 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Warsaw - Poland's conservative Law and Justice (PiS) government of Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski has drafted laws intended to 'remove the symbols of communist rule from public life.'
If passed by parliament, the use of the names of communist leaders for streets, schools, bridges, parks or even ships, planes and trains would be banned, Poland's TVN24 news channel reported Thursday.
The draft would also annul all medals, orders and honorary titles issued by communist authorities from 1944 until the collapse of communism in 1989.
The proposed laws are in line with a PiS drive to remove the vestiges of the communist system from life in Poland.
The ex-communist Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) parliamentary opposition has voiced staunch opposition to the draft, arguing it was up to municipal governments, not Warsaw, to decide about the names of streets and character of local monuments.
Poland's highest Roman Catholic clergyman Primate Cardinal Jozef Glemp, however, has expressed support for other PiS legislative plans designed to lower the pensions of communist-era secret police agents.
'In the light of (communist-era) documents which are being revealed...I have no doubt these people were doing evil,' Glemp was quoted by the Dziennik daily.
Eighteen years after the collapse of communism in Poland, PiS Prime Minister Kaczynski has vowed to 'de-communise' public life.
Controversial vetting legislation which took effect March 15 is designed to screen as many as 700,000 public officials to determine whether they cooperated with communist-era intelligence services.
Municipal officials, university professors, legal professionals, journalists and corporate and bank chiefs born before 1972, must declare whether they were secret police informants. Liars risk being banned from their profession for up to a decade.
An earlier vetting law passed in 1997 requires senior politicians and civil servants to disclose any covert ties with communist-era spy services with a similar decade-long ban from public life for anyone caught lying.
With all of the millions who died under Communism and those who were enslaved or persecuted, this totally makes sense.
Unfortunately there are millions in America who still think that Communism is a good idea and are offended that this nation tried to expose the evils of Communism in the 20th century.
YAY FOR POLAND!
Now if only we would follow their lead.
Good for the Poles! I may like to visit Poland someday.
Washington state didn't find Communism offensive enough to prevent them from instaling a statue of Lenin in the public square.
/PROUD to be part polish...
Hey, don't BAN the commie symbols -- allow them (and allow the Polish people to smash them with impunity)!
God bless the Polish!
Now they just need to execute Jaruzelski for his crimes, before he dies a natural death.
It is about time! Now if we can only get the leftist scum here in the US to stop wearing Che shirts.
It’s about time... If I see another liberal moron wearing Che Guevara t-shirt I shall scream, not to mention my plans in case of seeing a hammer and sickle or a red star...
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