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Prague Mayor Plans to Remove Soviet Statue, Russia Gets Angry

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Russian and Czech relations have heated up ever since a Prague district assembly voted to remove a monument of a wartime Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev.

RadioFreeEurope reports that the Czech Foreign Ministry called in Russia’s ambassador to the Czech Republic on September 13 over comments that Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky made about the mayor of the Prague district who voted for the statue. Medinsky compared the mayor to a Nazi party official.

In the meantime, Russia’s Foreign Ministry responded by saying that the decision, “won’t be left unanswered.”

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Some see Konev, whose forces freed much of Czechoslovakia’s territory during World War II, as a brutal enforcer of Soviet rules in Central and Eastern Europe in the aftermath of World War II.

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Konev’s statue has been defaced several times, one of the most recent occasions being on August 21, the 51st anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

In response to this, Prague 6 district Mayor Ondrej Kolar put a tarp on the statue, which provoked pro-Russian supporters to remove it while others laid flowers at the statue.

“Deputy Foreign Minister Chmelar reminded the ambassador of the Treaty of Friendly Relations and Cooperation between our countries, which the Czech side strictly respects, assumes mutual respect and equality, and stressed that the issue of the statue of Marshal Konev in Prague 6 is an internal affair of the Czech Republic,” the Czech Foreign Ministry declared in a statement.

“He also warned against abusing history for political purposes and fomenting passions in this area,” it continued, addressing Medinsky’s comments about the Prague mayor.

On September 12, the Russian Embassy in Prague claimed that Prague 6 had launched “a campaign that offends the memory of Red Army soldiers, and the Czechs and Slovaks who were fighting to liberate Czechoslovakia and its capital from Nazism.”

The following day the Foreign Ministry in Moscow warned that this removal could become “a noticeable irritant” in relationships between the two countries and “seriously darkens their atmosphere.”

“We hope that the initiators of the unprecedented action, which is being prepared, will come to reason and will realize all consequences of their actions,” the Ministry added.

While the American Left is relentlessly pushing for political correctness and trying to deface monuments of American heritage, Central and Eastern Europeans are trying to re-assert their history of anti-Communism by removing monuments of figures who were responsible for the oppression of millions of people.

This represents a marked difference politically and culturally from the ever-increasing tide of leftism in America and the growing influence of right-wing populism in Central and Eastern Europe.

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U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel

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Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”

U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.

Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.

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According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.

The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.

In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.

This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,

That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.

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