27 депутатов Европарламента написали открытое письмо основному владельцу Amazon Джеффу Безосу с просьбой изъять из продажи вещи с советской символикой.
Они отмечают, что эта символика оскорбляет жертв советского режима, и напоминают, что от него пострадали более 60 миллионов человек; около 10 миллионов были депортированы в лагеря.
Речь в письме в первую очередь идет о футболках и другой одежде с серпом и молотом, флагах и памятных вещах.
Элементы советской символики в последнее время стали часто использоваться модными дизайнерами в своих коллекциях. Это не нравится активистам по всему миру: в мае они добились, чтобы немецкая Adidas прекратила продавать вещи с советской символикой, а в сентябре — чтобы они исчезли из продажи в американской сети супермаркетов Walmart.
В трех странах ЕС — Литве, Латвии и Венгрии — существует запрет на демонстрацию советской символики на общественных мероприятиях.
Оригинал статьи: The Guardian
Guoga’s initiative, 27 MEPs urge Amazon Inc. to halt sales of Soviet symbols
At the initiative of MEP Antanas Guoga, 27 MEPs have called on the CEO of Amazon Inc. Jeff Bezos in an open letter, urging to cease
The appeal was signed by MEPs from Lithuania, Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, Croatia, Latvia, the UK, Slovakia, Estonia, Finland, Portugal, Hungary and Spain, who represent the main political groups.
“To me and millions of Europeans, the hammer and sickle
The signatory MEPs hope that Amazon Inc. will take responsibility and in the name of democratic values and the freedom of European nations will cease sales of symbols of the totalitarian regime.
“We, the undersigned MEPs from various European Union Member States, request the discontinuation of sales of goods with the hammer and sickle symbol, representing the Soviet Union, on the Amazon Inc platform.
Goods such as t‑shirts, costumes, flags, memorabilia and more, with symbols of the hammer and sickle, glorify the totalitarian Soviet regime and thereby demonstrate lack of compassion to millions of European citizens who are Amazon Inc customers as well,” the appeal to the most popular internet sales company in the world reads.
The appeal was signed by representatives of 6 political groups from 13 countries. Lithuanian MEPs are among the most united – the appeal was co-signed alongside A. Guoga by Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Petras Auštrevičius, Zigmantas Balčytis, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Valentinas Mazuronis, Bronis Ropė and Algirdas Saudargas. At the same time, MEP A. Guoga has called upon the European Commission, requesting an explanation of what steps the institution is taking so that the use of totalitarian regime’s symbols would be banned in the European Union.
The MEP was urged to launch this initiative and contact the world trade giant by the initiative #WhyNotSvastika started by active Lithuanian citizens on social media. The results of the same civic group’s initiatives were successful earlier – the companies Walmart Inc. and Adidas, who were contacted, withdrew goods with Soviet symbols from sale in response to the protest.
An appeal by the Lithuanian ambassador to the USA and a group of MPs from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in September also contributed to this. The European Parliament passed a resolution over European conscience and totalitarianism already in 2009. This resolution condemned totalitarian crimes.
Also, a common position aimed against any totalitarian rule, regardless of its ideological basis, was approved. In 2011, the European Court of Justice banned the use of the Soviet Union’s symbol of the hammer and sickle for commercial intentions because it is a sign of despotism in many EU countries.
In most European countries and around the world, the symbols of the Soviet regime are banned because they symbolise a regime, which performed crimes against humanity.
The original version of the letter along with the names of the MEP signatories follows below.
Jeff Bezos CEO of Amazon Inc 410 Terry Ave. North, Seattle 98109 Washington Brussels, November 15th, 2018 Subject: Joint open letter regarding selling the goods with Soviet symbols on Amazon
Dear Jeff Bezos, We, the undersigned MEPs from various European Union Member States, request the discontinuation of sales of goods with the hammer and sickle symbol, representing the Soviet Union, on the Amazon Inc platform.
Goods such as t‑shirts, costumes, flags, memorabilia and more, with symbols of the hammer and sickle, glorify the totalitarian
The total number of victims of the Soviet Regime is estimated
On 2 April
Many more are on track to do likewise. In 2011 the European Court of Justice banned the Soviet Union’s hammer and sickle symbol from being used as a commercial trademark as it is “a symbol of despotism” in some EU countries.
We believe that Amazon Inc does not intend to show support or promote the symbols of the Soviet Union. We
We request Amazon Inc to consider in this evaluation the victims of the Soviet regime as well as those who fought against tyranny and oppression.
We encourage Amazon Inc to respond to the calls and requests coming from all over Europe to discontinue selling the goods with Soviet symbols in the same manner as it has done with goods displaying Nazi symbols.
We congratulated American retailer Walmart Inc for stepping up by withdrawing merchandise with Soviet symbols in September.
We supported the decision of German sports gear maker Adidas to discontinue selling clothes with Soviet symbols in May.
We are hopeful that Amazon Inc can follow suit and demonstrate corporate responsibility against the sales of symbols of totalitarian regimes, for the sake of democratic values and freedom of Nations across Europe.
MEP Antanas Guoga
MEP Kosma Złotowski
MEP Petras Auštrevičius
MEP Bronis Ropė
MEP Ruža Tomašić
MEP Krišjānis Kariņš
MEP Theresa Griffin
MEP Inese Vaidere
MEP Anna Záborská
MEP Urmas Paet
MEP Dobromir Sośnierz
MEP Sandra Kalniete
MEP Julia Pitera
MEP Zigmantas Balčytis
MEP Vilija Blinkevičiūtė
MEP Merja Kyllönen
MEP Igor Gräzin
MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski
MEP Algirdas Saudargas
MEP Valentinas Mazuronis
MEP Elmar Brok
MEP Annie Schreijer-Pierik
MEP José Inácio Faria
MEP Bernd Kölmel
MEP Ádám Kósa
MEP Ramon Tremosa-i-Balcells
MEP Laima Liucija Andrikienė
Read more: https://en.delfi.lt/lithuania/foreign-affairs/at-a-guogas-initiative-27-meps-urge-amazon-inc-to-halt-sales-of-soviet-symbols.d?id=79603849