August 23 declared as Day of Commemoration of Victims of all Totalitarian Regimes

The Government declared  August 23 as the Day of Commemoration of the Victims of all Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes, such as Nazism, Stalinism, fascism and communism, IPN reports.

"By instituting such a day, we firmly and unequivocally condemn all crimes against humanity and serious human rights violations committed by all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes," Prime Minister Maia Sandu said.

The head of the cabinet says that, from the victims’ point of view, it does not matter which regime deprived them of liberty, tortured or killed them, and a day of commemorating all victims would unite the society through compassion, understanding and acknowledgment of the suffering of all victims and members of their families.

On August 23, at 10.00 am, the Government and the public authorities will keep a moment of silence. Maia Sandu urged the media to support the initiative and at 8 pm, when most citizens watch the television programs - to observe a minute of silence in the memory of those killed, deported, starved or tortured.

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