Young Fine Gael strongly opposes Dublin City Council spending €30,000 on a commemoration of Russia's October 1917 Revolution.

Young Fine Gael strongly opposes the decision by Dublin City Council to spend €30,000 on a commemoration of the centenary of Russia's October 1917 Revolution.

"Red October" led to the establishment of one of history's most oppressive regimes, which, over the course of its 75 year life span, caused the deaths of untold millions of Russians through famine, political purges, ethnic cleansing and the crushing of dissent, as well as millions more in all its satellite states in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

That Dublin City Council has elected to commemerate this, thus commemorating the poverty inflicted on those who suffered under the regime, while it is itself €60 million in debt, demonstrates to us a lack of judgment and willingness to view history in isolation whilst ignoring almost 8 decades of suffering.

Young Fine Gael therefore calls on Dublin City Council to abandon its plans to commemorate the October 1917 tragedy, and to put the money it has set aside for the commemoration to better use elsewhere within the Arts budget.

See also: Dublin City Council Commemorations Programme 2017

Contact: yfg@yfg.ie

 

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