The present Czech Right-wing government coalition is continuously increasing the pressure on the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (CPBM).

Demands have heard all around, from individual Senators, members of Parliament and members of the government to suspend activities of the Party, or, even better, to ban the Party itself.  

Attempts of some these individuals have been long-term ones, but there hasn’t been any reason to attach any greater importance to them so far, although a Senate Special Commission was formed, which prepared a bill given to suspending of the CPBM’s work. Even a part of Czech right-wing disapproved of this aim in the past

However, currently, the whole situation has been changed. For the first time since 1989, these questions began to be placed on the agenda of Czech government, and some its members dwell on them absolutely seriously.           

From a right-wing point of view, it looks to be logical in the context of the steps being taken by the government, the social impact of these steps on most of Czech households’ budgets being devastating. The government acts thoughtlessly and autocratically, from a position of strength, without hesitating to bend laws for purposes of its own; for example, as it was in the case of Czech Parliament’s rules of procedure.

When promoting social cuts in the end of last year, the government got round the newly elected the Senate (Czech Upper House), after losing its majority there after autumn election. It has made vigorous cuts in the social sphere, gradually realizing a whole range of further steps to restrict the work’s value and to axe employee and social rights.

The salary of every public servant has been markedly cut. Excise taxes are to be increased on absolutely unprecedented way to make a pension reform possible, which only both people of the highest income and private pension funds will benefit from, at the expense of the majority. The tenants’ rights have been cut, and housing rents have already been highly increased, beyond the resources many families at present.

Most people are becoming aware of the only aim of all these steps worsening their living conditions – much more to favour a small group of the richest. In addition to it, the Czech government has been permanently tossed by corruption affairs as well as by mutual competition for greater power and influence.            

That’s why the government has been promoting red herrings to keep disgruntled citizens busy. Among others, there are all series of steps to be de facto aimed against the Communist Party, to frighten both the Party members and the electorate. It is, for example, about so-called the Third Resistance Act, which makes opponents of the previous (socialist) regime equal to worth war veterans and to fighters against fascism, and which glorifies even criminals who had committed murders of civilians and robberies.

Not only the CPBM, but also many well-known former dissidence members disagree about this law. It is already at issue in the Chamber of Deputies (the Lower House). Another measure being meanwhile only considered by the government is to cut incomes of former CPBM officials, and the funds so obtained should be used to increase pensions of so-called Third Resistance members.   

So far the government’s last step to be presented is creating in the Czech Ministry of the Interior special panel for the collection of documents making it possible to bring an action for dissolving of the CPBM to the Supreme Administrative Court (of Czech Republic).     

It is possible that the government will not decide to suspend or to dissolve CPBM’s work at all; however, our Party must be ready for it. If necessary, the CPBM will defend itself by all means available, using internal and foreign court instances. We also count on supporting petition actions. The law is all our; our Party committed no act against the Constitution. These attacks against the CPBM has been waged only because the right-wing government fears strengthening of the Left’s influence.     

Therefore, we approach you by asking for solidarity and support. We will need it especially in the case if not gaining the law in our very difficult internal conditions, and to be forced to carry our quarrel onto an international level.     

March 3, 2011