Wikipedia is set to delete the entry on its page, referring to the hundreds of millions of mass murders, which devastated subjugated peoples under communist regimes during the last 100 years.
The idea of deleting that information has generated much criticism, including from Cambridge historian Professor Robert Tombs, who sees it as an attempt to whitewash communism, according to The Telegraph Nov. 27.
“This is morally indefensible, at least as bad as Holocaust denial, because ‘linking ideology and killing’ is the very core of why these things are important,” Tombs emphasized.
He added: “I have read the Wikipedia page, and it seems to me careful and balanced. Therefore attempts to remove it can only be ideologically motivated – to whitewash communism.”
Some users dedicated to maintaining the site consider that the information expresses a biased “anti-communist” concept, and the administrators will decide whether it should be removed.
The bookmarked page describes the deaths of millions of people during the communist regimes imposed in the Soviet Union, China, Ukraine, Cambodia, Cuba, Yugoslavia, Romania, East Germany, and North Korea, with numerous sources.
For his part, the director of the Federation for Defense of Democracies, Cliff May, goes so far as to call those who try to purge this historical data as accomplices.
“Those who attempt to erase this long and terrible history of criminality should be seen as accomplices after the fact, paving the way for more tyranny in the future,” May said according to The Telegraph.
Likewise, Kyoto, Japan-based researcher Oliver Jia argues that only specialized people like him can get a clear picture of how horrible the crimes committed by the world’s various communist regimes have been and starts a thread with information on the subject.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if this goes through. Wikipedia has long been hijacked by politically motivated activists instead of being run by evenhanded editors,” he tweeted.
He added: “All this is going to do is contribute to general Western ignorance of atrocities under communism.”
Some of the bloodiest episodes caused by a communist regime have been the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 in China, and the Great Leap Forward, imposed by Mao, which caused a famine that may have caused the death of up to 20 million people.
However, those crimes do not stop as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is currently continuing what has been called by several countries the genocide of the Uighurs.
“Many have died in the camps, countless numbers following their release and hundreds have disappeared altogether. Mass sterilizations, torture, removal of children to orphanages, attempts to eradicate Uighur religion, culture and language are well documented,” Bitter Winter recounts.
In addition to persecuting the Uighurs, repression extends to other ethnic and religious minorities, including the millions of practitioners of the ancient spiritual discipline Falun Dafa or Falun Gong, based on the universal principles of Truth, Compassion, Tolerance.