Afghanistan: The Soviet Coverage


ADDRESS TO THE PEOPLE. (Pravda, Dec. 28, p. 4. Complete text:) Kabul, Dec. 27 (Tass)-Today Radio Kabul broadcast the following address by Babrak Karmal, in the name of and on behalf of the Central Committee of the People's Democratic Party, the Revolutionary Council and the government of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.

Long-suffering compatriots, soldiers, officers, workers , young people, intellectuals, peasants, virtuous clergymen, believers, honest Moslems, both Sunnites and Shiites, heroic men and women of our country, craftsmen, merchants, representatives of national capital, the glorious tribes, the nationalities of Afghanistan-Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, Uzbeks, Turkomans, Baluchis, Nuri-stanis-and other compatriots, who up to now have been subjected to intolerable violence and torture from the bloody apparatus of Hafizullah Amin and his henchmen, those agents of American imperialism! United in the name of the freedom, honor and conscience of the homeland!

At last, after cruel suffering and torment, the day of freedom and rebirth has come for all the fraternal peoples of Afghanistan. Today the torture machine of Amin and his henchmen, savage butchers, usurpers and murderers of tens of thousands of our compatriots-fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, children and old people-has been broken. This bloodthirsty machine has fallen completely to pieces, to the last bloody cog. Today real freedom has been attained for all the peoples of Afghanistan under the genuine national and liberation banner of the great April [1978] revolution. The great April revolution, accomplished through the indestructible will of the heroic Afghan people, with the assistance of the victorious uprising of the revolutionary army of Afghanistan , in a broad front with all the country's national and democratic elements and forces under the leadership of a single united party-the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan-has entered a new stage. The bastions of the despotism of the bloody dynasty of Amin and his supporters-those watchdogs of ...

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