On Black Ribbon Day, PN emphasises need to safeguard democracy

Miguela Xuereb

The Nationalist Party emphasised the importance of safeguarding democracy in a statement made on the occasion of Black Ribbon Day.

Black Ribbon Day, which is officially recognised by the EU as the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, is a day of remembrance for victims of totalitarian regimes. It is celebrated on 23 August, the anniversary of the controversial Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, through which Nazi Germany and the USSR agreed to divide much of Eastern Europe between themselves.

The PN’s foreign affairs spokesman, MP Carm Mifsud Bonnici, and its international secretary Roselyn Borg Knight highlighted that millions lost their lives under totalitarian regimes, due to their ethnicity, political opinion, disabilities, religious beliefs and even because they were betrayed by others. Such behaviour, “the worst moments in the existence of humanity,” should not be repeated, they insisted.

In light of this, they added, the need to safeguard democracy was even more apparent, warning that history should not be forgotten so that the same mistakes are not repeated.

“Whatever one might say, democracy remains the best political system available, but popular support, electoral persuasion and perseverance are required for it to remain alive and to thrive,” they maintained.