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United National Antiwar Coalition expressed their solidarity with the people of Odessa

WASHINGTON, April 25
Ana Edwards, representing the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), and Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst and now prominent peace activist, delivered a Statement of Solidarity with Odessa to the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, D.C.
It’s been nearly two years since the world was shocked by reports of the deaths of scores of pro-federalism activists at the hands of a large mob of right-wing extremists in the city of Odessa, Ukraine.
In February 2014, the elected Ukrainian government was overthrown in a right-wing coup. Anti-coup activists in Odessa set up a tent city in historic Kulikovo Square to publicize their demand for a national referendum on Ukraine’s political development.
On May 2, 2014, a large mob led by organized right-wing groups set fire to the protest camp, forcing the activists to retreat into the nearby House of Trade Unions. The building was then set on fire. Many died of smoke inhalation or were burned alive. Some jumped to their deaths. Some attempting to flee the burning building were shot or fatally beaten. At least 46 activists were killed and many more were injured.
There are many cell phone Internet videos of the attack, including this one:

And yet two years later, none of the perpetrators have been brought to justice.
The Statement of Solidarity calls on the governments of Ukraine, the United States and the city of Odessa to ensure the civic rights of the people of Odessa to hold a memorial program this coming May 2 to mark the second anniversary of the massacre of 46 profederation activists in that city at the hands of rightwing extremists. The memorial is being organized by the Mothers’ Committee for May 2, comprised of family members, friends and supporters of the murdered activists. Right-wing organizations in Ukraine have publicly declared they will not allow the memorial to take place.
The Solidarity Statement, signed by 139 human rights organizations and activists from 20 countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, also supports the Mothers’ Committee public call for the United Nations Human Rights Committee to arrange an impartial investigation into the events of May 2, 2014.
The Solidarity Statement also announced that UNAC is sending a delegation of U.S. human rights activists to monitor the May 2 memorial program in Odessa. Other delegations will be present from France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Israel and Sweden.
The Solidarity Statement was received by an embassy staff member on behalf of the Ukrainian ambassador.
Immediately after, Edwards and McGovern held a press conference outside the embassy at which they read the solidarity statement and answered questions from reporters. Media present included three prominent Russian new agencies, while no major Western media were present. Despite this fact UNAC expected that the broad news coverage by major Russian media will put pressure on other media outlets to cover the story of the May 2 memorial, the international solidarity campaign and the international delegations that will be in Odessa on May 2 to monitor the memorial program.

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