July 12, 2012, 8:00 pm

Moldova closes its darkest chapter – Bans symbols of oppression

Tuulbar | The Moldovan parliament passed an amendment prohibiting political parties from using symbols introduced by totalitarian regimes. Going beyond the usual political correctness that can be found all over Europe, which usually outlaws symbols like the swastika, 53 of 101 parliamentary deputies in Moldova have voted in favor of a new law that bans the hammer and sickle logo specifically.

Moldova has endured communist oppression since 1940, with the communist party being outlawed for only a brief period between 1991 and 1994, when the country regained its independence in 1991. The communist party returned to power in 1994, holding most seats in the parliament between 2001 and 2009.

The country experienced a time of mass starvation in 1947, which was caused by soviet incompetence and mismanagement. Around 10% of the total population were deliberately starved to death, certain towns and regions lost up to 30% of their population. Moldova also experienced several waves of deportations between 1930 and 1951. Thousands of families were herded onto trains and deported to east Russia. Among them were families of policemen, traders, farmers and anyone whom the Sovjet regime saw as a ‘dangerous social element’. A total of more than 70’000 people were rounded up and deported, the survivors only being allowed to their homeland decades later.

The historic act of banning the hammer and sickle logo serves as a reminder to countless, clueless people all over the world, who buy t-shirts and other memorabilia displaying this symbol of terror.

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