When speaking about mass repressions that took place during Stalin’s years, anti-Soviet propaganda states the following:
20 million Soviet people were killed during World War II, 20 more million were killed by the government during the war with its own people;
10 million people were executed;
40, 50, 60 up to 120 (!) million went through labor and concentration camps;
Almost all the prisoners in these camps were innocent, since it is obvious that 40 millions people can hardly all be criminals;
Almost all the prisoners were forced to build canals or sent to lumber camps in Siberia, where most of them died;
Even the most notorious “Gulagers” state that mass repressions did not begin until 1933-1935. This means that all of the above events have passed in 15-20 years including the War time;
When asked “Why didn’t the people rebel while they were being exterminated?” they answer that “The people didn’t know”. The fact that the people did not know the scale of the repressions is not only confirmed by almost all who lived during that time, but also by numerous written documents and testimonies.
Overwhelming as these statements appear, they bring up several questions for which there are simply no answers. Continue reading →
Last night the Charest Liberal government tabled its repressive Duplessis-style legislation while thousands of protesters marched well past mid-night in the streets of Quebec City and Montreal, waving flags, chanting and even burning a draft of the repressive law.
Bill 78 passed this afternoon with the right-wing CAQ party voting in favour, propping-up the precarous posistion of the Charest Liberals who are currently holding onto a majority of only one vote (following the resignation of the Minister of Education last week). Links to the law in English are below.