Václav Klaus: Communism wasn’t defeated, it collapsed

In this Nov. 21, 1989 photo, about 200,000 people gather in Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czechoslovakia. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
By Lucie Ctverakova
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“The fall of communism had a global character. Neither our students nor our dissidents defeated communism. Instead, it collapsed like any similar ill-conceived attempt to suppress human freedom by force,” said former Czech President Václav Klaus during a reverence on the occasion of the anniversary of the Fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia.

At the Hlávka’s dormitory, where the Nazis arrested students on  Nov. 17, 1939, and took them to a concentration camp, Klaus said that trampling on the memory of brave students 50 years later had become the last straw.

“We, to whom Nov. 17, 1939, has never ceased to speak to, we who have actively experienced the events of November 1989, we begin to worry that times that we thought could never return are coming back,” said Klaus, who is a strong critic of coronavirus measures.

Klaus said that today, a utopia is being imposed on people again, which claims to be based on science.

“Again, in the name of the alleged higher goals, the freedom of the individual is to be sacrificed. As in the sad times of the past, present generations are asked for sacrifices that would allegedly hinder the epidemic and help the rise of temperature on our planet in a few centuries,” he noted.

Klaus has also been known for rejecting theories about global warming.

“They tell us that man is the enemy of the future. They tell us that we should sacrifice the prosperity and future of our country and the fates of our children and grandchildren in the chimera of the fight with the climate,” he said.

According to him, the Nov. 17 legacy is optimistic in that “the promoters of the new single truth will eventually lose, the same way their predecessors lost in 1939 and 1989.”

“It’s good that we still remember this legacy,” Klaus concluded.

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