Communist Party Booted Out Alleged UK Slaveholders
So the husband started a 'Marxist-Leninist-Maoist' splinter group
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2013 6:17 PM CST
Police officers stand outside flats as police conduct house-to-house inquires in the area where three women were rescued in south London, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.    (AP Photo / Dominic Lipinski/PA)

(Newser) – The London couple suspected of holding three women against their will for 30 years were ... Marxist slaveholders? The two suspects, Aravindan Balakrishnan, 73, and his 67-year-old wife Chanda, had been Marxist activists in the 1970s, the BBC reports. Records from the Communist Party of England show that Balakrishnan was kicked out in 1974; he then set up his own splinter group called The Workers' Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought, housed in a building that doubled as bookstore and political commune.

People were "just sort of gathering inside and outside; I was fascinated, I went there three times," said a local shopkeeper who liked visiting the place. "I was at work when the police came and raided it." Later, as apparent slaveholders, the couple created a "kind of political cult" or "enforced commune" that kept the victims "almost in a psychological cage," according to a criminal psychologist. Other details are trickling out, including hundreds of letters written by one alleged victim to a neighbor, reports the Daily Mail. She was like a "fly trapped in a spider's web," she wrote, and experienced "unspeakable torment."

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StationaryMan
Nov 26, 2013 11:16 AM CST
It's interesting, in a sociological sense, that the socialist movement so quickly dissolves from it's stated goal of a classless society, one that treats all members as equals to an authoritarian society where a small oligarchy reaps the benefits of everyone else. While they achieve some sort of parity among the working classes they do so by consolidating all power in their own group. Hardly the definition of Socialism. Just as Stalin became the de-facto King of the USSR and Mao the de-facto Emperor of China these two imagined them selves the rulers of their own realm. this leaves me with a question, is it that Socialism leads people to believe that they and only they can rule and make decisions? Or is it that people who feel cheated find the Socialism movement a convenient path to their own goals. Either way the lesson we need to take away from this is that we should always question those in power, in government, in work, and in the PTA!
Who_Cares
Nov 26, 2013 7:03 AM CST
That is typical to all Marxists, they don't want their people to go anywhere because they are afraid that they could wise up and abolish their system. All they know is how to cage up people. Let this be a warning for all leftists out there.
AlunPalmer
Nov 26, 2013 12:15 AM CST
"Rise up ye workers from your chains" seems to apply here