French Communist Party Chief George Marchais made a stinging attack on the Soviet government on Wednesday (4 February) for repressing individual liberties.
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Background: French Communist Party Chief George Marchais made a stinging attack on the Soviet government on Wednesday (4 February) for repressing individual liberties.
M. Marchais made the criticism in his four opening speech to the French Communist Party's 22nd congress although Soviet guests were among the 1,700 delegates present at a sports arena in Paris.
"We cannot agree with the Communist ideal being stained by unjust and unjustifiable acts", M. Marchais said in what was believed to be a reference at least in part to the case of dissident Soviet mathematician Eonid Plyushch made his first public appearance in Paris on Tuesday (3 February) after being released from a forced two and a half year stay in a Soviet mental asylum.
Despite this sympathy for Plyushch who was openly supported by French Communist in his fight for freedom, M. Marchais also denounced the west. He said "It calls itself the free world but it is the world of (Chilean President) Pinochet and of the Shah of Iran, the world of anti-black racism in the United States and of apartheid in South Africa."
M. Marchais also opened a campaign for a more liberal path for the French Communist party when he sought to extend its appeal beyond the working class to other levels of French society. M. Marchais asked delegates to support his decision to drop the once hallowed principle of "the dictatorship of the proletariat" from the list of party objectives.
SYNOPSIS: A sports arena on the River Seine in Paris was chosen to hold the one thousand seven hundred delegates at the opening of the French Communist's Party's important Twenty-second Congress on Wednesday.
Soviet Union representatives were among the foreign guests. French Communist Party Chief Georges Marchais had some harsh words for the Soviet government in his opening speech but he said his party still wanted to cooperate with Moscow in the struggle against imperialism.
Monsieur Marchais said he could not agree with the Communist ideal being stained by the repression of individual liberties and unjust acts. His comment was partly believed to be a reference to dissident Soviet mathematician Eonid Plyushch. Plyushch made his first public appearance in Paris the previous day after being released from a forced two and a half year stay in a Soviet mental asylum.