‘Victims of Communism Day’ bill passes committee, goes to Florida House for vote

Florida residents whose families fled the tyranny of communism are one step closer to seeing the “Victims of Communism Day” become official in Florida.

Via Florida Politics:

Final committee approval sends “Victims of Communism” observance bill to House floor

A bill that proposes public school students observe “Victims of Communism Day” and learn about the suffering inflicted by communism is now heading to the House floor after getting through its final committee Thursday.

The House Education & Employment Committee approved the bill (HB 395). Republican Rep. David Borrero of Sweetwater is the bill sponsor. Similar legislation (SB 268) is making its way through the Senate.

“It is my greatest honor to be able to represent so many victims of communism from our district and from the state of Florida,” Borrero said. “So many have suffered. Many of them we know. Many of them have specifically fled to Florida as a safe haven.”

Starting in the 2023-24 school year, high school students in American government class would receive at least 45 minutes of instruction on the movement that has killed more than 100 million people, according to the bill.

Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Russia’s Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, Cambodia’s Pol Pot and China’s Mao Zedong are the figures mentioned in the legislation that aims to ensure students learn, “how victims suffered under these regimes through suppression of speech, poverty, starvation, migration and systemic lethal violence.”

The day singled out in the legislation falls on the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, when Lenin began a revolt against the ruling Russian Parliament, leading his forces into the Russian capital.

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