“Prime Minister Robert Golob’s government adopted a difficult decision at a correspondence session during the night, which was something that the communist governments used to do often,” Dr Andreja Valič Zver, President of the Council of the Institute of Dr Jože Pučnik (Inštitut dr. Jožeta Pučnika), wrote in her letter to the members of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience (PEMC) and to the international public. In her letter, she expressed her concern about the actions of the Golob government, in particular its latest move to abolish the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism.
Dr Andreja Valič Zver, President of the Council of the Institute of Dr Jože Pučnik, informed the Members of the Board of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience (PEMC) and part of the international public that the left-wing Slovenian government, led by Prime Minister Robert Golob, has abolished the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism, which was commemorated in Slovenia on the 17th of May, at the proposal of the previous government of Janez Janša.
Valič Zver started her letter by writing that the Golob government had decided at a night-time correspondence session that Slovenia would no longer observe the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism. “In the face of disastrous economic results, the Golob government is constantly waging ideological battles in order to restore undemocratic ways of dealing with social and political affairs,” she explained, listing only the last few worrying moves of the current left-wing government.
Valič Zver: the Prime Minister and ministers constantly attend communist celebrations
“The current government has closed the Museum of Slovenian Independence and recently decided to return the giant sculpture of Tito to the park of the Brdo protocol building,” she wrote, explaining that “the statue of the murderous dictator was removed during Slovenia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2021.” She went on to point out that “the Prime Minister and other ministers constantly attend celebrations of Tito’s communist partisans” and that the left-wing government, together with some left-wing MEPs, had harshly attacked the national media outlet Radio-television Slovenia (RTVS) and some journalists.
“I fear that the current developments in Slovenia, due to the poor democratic transition, are also bad for democracy in Europe and the world,” she concluded, expressing her concern and asking PEMC members and others to protest against these worrying actions of the left-wing Slovenian government and to support democratic forces that oppose the slide into the dark totalitarian swamp that Slovenians have been in for a long time.