September 13th, 2016 | Victims of Communism

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

September 13th, 2016

 

CHINA

China Police Fire Rubber Bullets as “Democracy” Village Erupts After Arrests
Venus Wu and James Pomfret, REUTERS
Chinese riot police on Tuesday fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in Wukan, a village once dubbed a symbol of grassroots democracy. The incident occurs less than a week after the elected village chief was jailed for corruption.

Ama Adhe, an Ex-Political Prisoner, Shares Her Story of Torture in Tibet
Barbara Machado, TIBET POST INTERNATIONAL
Ama Adhe’s tragedy began in 1958, when her husband was poisoned by the Chinese authorities, who considered him a nuisance. Shortly after, her sister was arrested, publicly humiliated, and executed at the public square to “set an example.” Several months later, Adhe herself was arrested alongside 300 other women at a protest against the Chinese rule. Out of these 300 women, only 4 survived the severe starvation and forced labor brought upon them in prison.

CUBA

Top Cuban Dissident Halts Hunger Strike
YAHOO NEWS
Reports claim leading Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas, Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom recipient, ended a 54-day hunger strike Monday, citing a European Parliament plan to press Havana’s communist leaders to ease up on dissidents. Fariñas said the body could seek an amendment over political repression to an EU-Cuban cooperation deal. Cuba and the EU reached an agreement on political dialogue and cooperation in March. Now, “the European Parliament has indicated it will consider introducing an amendment to the agreement with the Cuban government regarding the cessation of government repression of the opposition on the island,” said a spokesman for Fariñas.

RUSSIA

Russian Communists Rebrand to Attract Young Supporters
James Marson, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Vladimir Lenin is getting a makeover. The Bolshevik leader, clad in jeans and clutching a laptop, is cutting a youthful figure on posters and in campaign pamphlets for the opposition Communist Party of the Russian Federation, ahead of parliamentary elections here Sunday. It is all part of the party’s latest revolution.

UNITED STATES

Florida Congresswomen Team Up to Take Aim at Maduro Regime
Kevin Derby, SUNSHINE STATE NEWS
Two congresswomen from Florida brought out a resolution last week expressing their concerns and taking aim at the Maduro regime. Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen unveiled their resolution on Thursday “expressing profound concern about the ongoing political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urging the release of political prisoners, and calling for respect of constitutional and democratic processes.”

 




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