Politics & Media
Apr 24, 2009, 09:08AM

Che Guevara

Now for Fascists!

Poland's equality minister, Elzbieta Radziszewska, wants to expand a Polish law prohibiting the production of fascist and totalitarian propaganda so that it includes clothing and anything else that could carry an image related to an authoritarian system.Anybody found guilty could face a two-year prison sentence.Mrs. Radziszewska said that the proposed amendment to current legislation "would help organisations fighting racism".The proposal, which could see the faces of some of the leading lights of communist history such as Lenin and Trotsky removed from t-shirts and flags, reflects a Polish view on communism far different from the rose-tinted and romantic images often found in the West.After experiencing 40 hard years of communism, as well as the horrors of Nazi occupation, few Poles have qualms equating under law the inequities of Nazism and communism.


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