You mean to tell me these people held captive for 30 years weren’t held against their will by tea partiers?
The couple accused of keeping three women as slaves for more than 30 years ran a communist collective worshipping Chinese leader Mao Zedong, it was revealed today.
The pair, of Indian and Tanzanian origin, are reportedly Aravindan Balakrishnan, 73, and his wife Chanda, 67, whose far-Left activities allegedly led to them being arrested and jailed in the 1970s.
They had helped run a Maoist squat in a Brixton bookshop, which was shut down in 1978 when police raided and arrested 14 people there, including the couple.
It is alleged the suspects, known as Comrade Bala and Comrade Chanda by members, both later served a prison sentence after a conviction for assaulting a police officer involved in the raid.
Scotland Yard and the secret services are believed to have been aware of the couple’s far-Left views.
Their main recruits were like-minded women, who they urged to do ‘revolutionary work’, and their group held lectures, put on on films and printed leaflets encouraging the fall of capitalism, it is alleged.
Their squat – called the Mao Zedong Memorial Centre – also contained a library and book shop, and was set up, according to one member, when ‘our beloved Chairman Mao passed away on September 9, 1976’.
Oxford University professor Steve Rayner told the Evening Standard: ‘They were a tiny, very tight-knit group clearly under the spell of their leader “Comrade” Balakrishnan.
‘Most were foreign students who seemed to have difficulty adjusting to life in the UK. They refused to recognise the legitimacy of the state and maintained a hostile attitude towards the establishment and towards the rest of the far-Left in Britain at that time.
Their ideology was profoundly detached from reality. In my article on the organisation I described them as a millenarian sect. Their bookshop in Brixton closed around 1978. I had assumed that they had sunk without trace until this recent news.’
In 1974 Aravindan Balakrishnan was suspended by the Communist Party of England because of his ‘conspiratorial activities’, after he tried to ‘build a clique of people around his line’ and ‘launched a cowardly attack on the Party’, calling it ‘fascist’, a Party report said.
Detached from reality? Sounds familiar.