John Stephen Walsh
2 min readAug 9, 2022

“(Hitler)used it as a pretext to claim that Communists were plotting against the German government, and induced President Paul von Hindenburg to issue the Reichstag Fire Decree suspending civil liberties, and pursue a “ruthless confrontation” with the Communists.[1] This made the fire pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany.” — Wikipedia

“As part of the effort to blame the Fire on the communists, on 9 March the Prussian state police arrested Bulgarians Georgi Dimitrov, Vasil Tanev, and Blagoy Popov, who were known Comintern operatives…” Wikipedia

Police in Nicaragua have detained five more prominent opposition figures, in what critics say is a crackdown on opponents of the country’s president…Police accused them of inciting foreign interference in Nicaragua’s affairs, among other crimes.” BBC News, June 14, 2021

“With the Venezuelan economy in full-blown meltdown and massive protests escalating across the embattled nation, the socialist regime of “President” Nicolas Maduro has taken to deploying troops, mowing down student protesters, terrorizing critics, and even arresting leaders of the political opposition.” New American, February 19, 2014

“During the 1970s and 80s, eight US-backed military dictatorships jointly plotted the cross-border kidnap, torture, rape and murder of hundreds of their political opponents…” The Guardian, September 3, 2020

“The crackdown on political opponents by Prime Minister Hun Sen which started in 2017 has now reached the next stage. On Thursday, 26th November, a Cambodian court began hearing into the cases of over 120 opponents and government critics who have been charged with treason. They have also been charged with taking part in protests deemed illegal by the government…The opposition says that these protests against the government have been largely non-violent and the trial in court is a sham.” Samvada World, November 26, 2020

“In Caracas, the future of Chávez protégé Nicolás Maduro remains unclear amidst plunging world oil prices, rampant inflation, power shortages and scarcity of basic goods.” May 28, 2017



John Stephen Walsh

I write horror, science fiction and weird. Worked in warehouses, schools and social services. My books are on Amazon.