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Arbitrariness in the eve of public commemoration in Odessa: a German citizen has been detained

A German citizen Saadi Isakov traveling to the Ukrainian city of Odessa to attend a second anniversary memorial in honor of the victims of the tragic events of May 2, 2014, has been detained at the Odessa airport and is not being allowed to enter the country.
According to sources in the Black Sea city, Saadi Isakov is being detained in a room “with no amenities, not even water,” and is not being allowed to speak with an attorney, a violation of international agreements signed by Ukraine.
The German consulate in Kiev has been notified, along with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and United Nations, the sources said.
International observers from nine European countries and the United States are planning to attend Monday’s memorial in Odessa’s Kolikovo square, the scene of a massacre in which at least 46 pro-federalists were killed in an attack by a large mob led by ultra-nationalists. Many of those perished from flames or smoke inhalation when the nearby five-story House of Trade Unions in which the federalists had taken refuge was hit with a multitude of firebombs.
Monday’s memorial is being organized by the Mothers Committee for May 2, comprised of relatives, friends and supporters of those who were killed.
Tensions have been running high in the city of 1 million, with right-wing extremist organizations threatening to disrupt the memorial. In response, some 3,500 police officers have been deployed, along with 300 members of the National Guard, including units of the Azov battalion. The presence of Azov, an organization routinely described as neo-Nazi, has also raised concerns.
At the U.S. State Department’s daily press briefing on April 26, Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner addressed the growing tensions in Odessa.
“The most important thing to stress here is that we would obviously support any commemoration of this event … and we would certainly condemn any threats in the run-up to these events,” Toner said.
Toner also pointed out that the State Department had strongly condemned the massacre of May 2, 2014, and supported holding an investigation to bring those responsible “to justice.”
The State Department’s remarks came as a global campaign builds to support the right of the Mothers’ Committee to honor the memories of their family members and to press their demand for an international investigation into the massacre.
As of April 28, more than 150 human rights, peace and justice organizations in 23 countries have signed a Statement of Solidarity calling on the governments of Ukraine, Odessa and the United States to ensure the safety of the Mothers’ Committee’s memorial. The statement also endorses the committee’s call for an international investigation into the massacre.
To date, not one of the perpetrators has been brought to justice, despite extensive video coverage clearly showing people hurling Molotov cocktails, swinging clubs and shooting guns at the victims.
The Statement of Support, initiated by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), was delivered to the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington D.C.
Those wishing to support this ongoing struggle for justice, can endorse the UNAC Solidarity Statement at www.unacpeace.org and sign the Mother’s Committee petition at http://odessa2may.wesign.it/en
Interviews with U.S. delegation members can be arranged through UNAC Co-Coordinator Joe Lombardo at 1-518-227-6947 or UNACpeace@gmail.com

Update: Saadi Isakov will be deported from Ukraine at 23.00 o’clock local time. He wrote in social networks: “Today I was not allowed to enter Ukraine, they took off my passport. What is for?”

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