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Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 6 Num. 92

Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 6 Num. 92
("Quid coniuratio est?")


[New York Times, December 11, 1925]

VIENNA, Dec. 10 -- A black picture of repression in the Balkans
and Hungary is painted by Henri Barbusse, author of "Under Fire,"
in a series of speeches delivered here on his way to Paris after
investigation of conditions in Southeastern Europe.

He declared that he found that the White Terror {1} exists in
Bulgaria, Rumania, Yugoslavia and Hungary, and that the situation
is much more tragic than the West imagines. He urges
international publicity as the only force capable of making the
Balkan Governments use more humane methods of treating political
and ethnical minorities.

Bulgaria he describes as the most backward and Rumania as a close

As to the number of Bulgarians who have "disappeared" since the
present Government overthrew Stambulski less than three years ago
his investigations lead him to make the total at least 15,000.

"Disappeared" he translates as meaning frequent assassination and
the secret burning or burial of the bodies.

Despite its promises, Barbusse says, the Rumanian Government did
not give him any evidence supporting the official contention that
the Bossarabian peasant uprising was fomented by the Soviets. He
said he found nothing to prove this.

In general, he describes the Balkans as countries ruled by
governments without strong popular roots anywhere, none of which
permits any real opposition, and resort freely to "torture or
other savage methods unknown elsewhere in Europe since the Middle

He declined to be more specific in his statements until he had
digested the mass of material collected, which he intends using
in his next book. He denied the report that he personally was
attacked or maltreated by a Bucharest mob, citing the rumor as an
example of how news is twisted in the Balkans.

One improvement Barbusse notes in the Balkan conceptions of
political power is the fact that he, despite his reputation as a
Red, was allowed to enter these countries and was officially
promised help in investigating, although the promises proved to
be illusionary. He describes the officially helpful attitude to
the Balkan Governments' fear of Western public opinion.

Although Vienna throngs with open and secret representatives of
the "ins and outs" of all Balkan countries whose continual
plotting and fighting is often brought to the surface by the
assassination of some Balkan leader here, no incident has
resulted from Barbusse's denunciations.

The Viennese warmly applaud his description of conditions.

The Rumanian Government has issued a statement saying that
Barbusse's charges are not surprising, as he is "known to be a
Bolshevist agent."





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