European Communist Initiative (ECI) has issued a statement, denouncing to the peoples of Europe the provocative and abominable action of the local authorities of Prague 6 to remove the statue of Soviet General Ivan Stepanovich Konev.
Condemning the action of the authorities, ECI demands this decision to be revoked and the return of the statue of Konev, who led the Red Army forces that liberated Prague and a large part of Czechoslovakia from the Nazi yoke.
The full statement is as follows:
The Secretariat of the European Communist Initiative condemns and denounces to the peoples of Europe the provocative and abominable action of the local authorities of Prague 6 to remove the statue of Soviet General Ivan Stepanovich Konev, who led the Red Army forces that liberated Prague and a large part of Czechoslovakia from the Nazi yoke.
Taking advantage of the restrictions on movement due to the coronavirus pandemic and apparently with the support of the Czech government, the city authorities proceeded to remove another Soviet monument, a symbol of the anti-fascist struggle of the peoples.
We are adding that it is unbelievable and shameful that the government authorities, under such extraordinary circumstances and despite their responsibility should now be to deal with the coronavirus pandemic around the clock, are spending their time and energies to such actions distorting history.
It is another anti-communist act encouraged by EU anti-communism and the recent outrageous European Parliament resolution. It is an insult to the Czech people and their contribution to the anti-fascist struggle as well as to the memory of the 140,000 Red Army soldiers who fell in Czechoslovakia. They are wrong if they believe that with such obscenity and much more like a thief and away from the people, they will rewrite History that was irrevocably written with the blood of the peoples.
We demand that this unacceptable decision be revoked immediately and that the statue of General Konev be returned to its place.