Daily Archives: March 14, 2017

Ukraine | Terror against opposition activity in Southern Ukraine

Over the past month in the south of Ukraine the activity of fascist gangs has revived. Ukrainian fascists are terrorizing opposition activists and figures of Russian culture. On the night of 10 to 11 February in Odessa, a group of unknown people attacked the chairman of the Razdelnyansky district council Felix Segal from the “Opposition bloc” resulted in a craniocerebral injury and several fractures.
On March 13 in the village of Altestovo, Belyaevsky district of the Odessa region, the radicals from the organization “Avtomaydan” attacked the volunteers of the party “Opposition bloc”. At the time of the attack, the volunteers handed out leaflets dedicated to the work of the deputy of the Odessa Regional Council Vitaliy Sautyonkov and greeting cards on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on March 8.
As a result of the actions of “Avtomaydan”, the chairman of the Teplodar party organization of the “Opposition bloc” Yuri Pirogov suffered. The battered oppositionist, who is an assistant to the deputy of the Odessa regional council, was hospitalized with numerous hematomas and head injuries. At the same time, the attacking bandits expressed public threats to the MP from the “Opposition bloc”, Nikolai Skorik. They argued that “it will soon be over”.
On March 14, a group of fascists brought the actress of the Russian Drama Theater in Nikolayev Lidia Gashinska to a stroke. This happened in the hall of the Nikolayev District Administrative Court. The trial was caused by a conflict between the theater staff and the regional state administration, in which the theater is subordinate. Earlier the contest committee elected Nikolai Kravchenko as the theater’s director. The staff of the theater also supported his candidacy. However, the regional administration annulled the results of the competition under the pressure of Ukrainian nationalists. They do not like that the new director of the theater is a deputy of the regional council from the party “Opposition bloc”. Now the theatrical company is seeking recognition of the results of the contest through the court. On March 14, a group of fascists came to the court to intimidate the artists. Honored Artist of Ukraine Lidia Gashinska became their main target. They insulted the woman, showering her with obscene language. Lidia Gashinska suffered a stroke right in the courtroom. Now she is in the hospital.
Recall also that on February 23 as a result of police provocation, Ukrainian special services arrested two Odessa opposition activists, among them Alexander Kushnaryov, a deputy of the local council from the party “Opposition bloc”. It seems that the activity of special services and fascist gangs is closely coordinated. This is also indicated by the activities of the organization “Oberig”, which is closely connected with the Ukrainian special services since 2015. Just in early March, its leaders undertook a campaign to identify regional opposition sites related to political emigrants who left Ukraine for Russia.

India | 13 TRADE UNIONISTS IN INDIA FACING DEATH SENTENCES OR LIFE IMPRISONMENT

The workers and trade union activists at the Maruti-Suzuki, Manesar factory, an Indian arm/plant of the Japanese Suzuki multinational corporation, who were arrested and charged in connection with the incidents that took place at this factory in 2012, in which a factory manager died, have just been tried in court. 117 of them were acquitted and 31 were convicted of various offenses, including 13 who were convicted of murder — which in India is PUNISHABLE by DEATH OR LIFE IMPRISONMENT. FINALITY OF THIS QUANTUM OF PUNISHMENT WILL BE OUT ON MARCH 17. Of the 13 convicted of murder — convictions in which no evidence was produced to prove their guilt — 11 were leaders of the MSWU, the independent union that was formed in Maruti and that management sought to break through violence.There is not a moment to lose. We must mobilise immediately to GET JUSTICE FOR ALL CONVICTED MARUTI WORKERS AND MORE PARTICULARLY save the 13 As the International Workers Committee Against War and Exploitation stresses, in the best traditions of international working class solidarity, it is up to the workers’ movement in each country to determine the forms they deem best to address the Indian authorities as soon as possible to demand:

Yemen on brink of famine, warns UN food relief agency chief, appealing for resources and access

Unless the international community provides additional resources and authorities in Yemen allow aid workers access to hungry people, families in some of the war-torn country’s most food insecure areas will die, warned the head of the United Nations emergency food programme.