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12 countries will be taking part in the Day of Solidarity with Odessa

February 2014 saw the overthrow of the elected president of Ukraine in a violent, right-wing coup supported by the U.S. government. Just three months later, on May 2, Odessa experienced one of Europe’s worst civil disorders in many decades, when 46 mostly young progressives were brutally murdered by a fascist-led mob at Odessa’s Kulikovo Pole (field, or square).

Ever since that day, relatives, friends and supporters of those who were killed have been demanding an international investigation into the massacre, a demand that has been blocked by the Kiev government working hand-in-hand with the fascist organizations responsible for the deaths. This obstruction by the Ukrainian government has been noted by the United Nations, the Council of Europe and other international bodies, as well as the U.S. State Department.

Now the Ukrainian government, which has blocked international inquiries into the massacre, has unleashed a wave of repression against the anti-fascist movement in Odessa. On Feb. 23, Alexander Kushnarev, 65, a deputy of the Limansk District Council and father of one of the young people murdered at Kulikovo square, was arrested by agents of the federal Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). Also arrested was Anatoly Slobodyanik, 68, a retired military officer and the head of the Odessa Organization of Veterans of Armed Forces. The world must respond!

The US based ODESSA SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN is calling for an INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF ODESSA on APRIL 10, 2017. April 10 is a date of great significance to all Odessans: It marks the day in 1943 when Odessa was liberated from fascist occupation. On that day we will demand the Ukrainian government release all political prisoners and end its repression against the anti-fascist movement in Odessa. In addition to an action in Washington, D.C., we are calling for a presence at Ukrainian embassies and consular offices around the world.

As of April 4, 19 cities in 12 countries will be taking part in the Day of Solidarity Odessa solidarity campaign reports on its Facebook page:

CANADA – Vancouver
ENGLAND – London
FRANCE – Paris, Strasbourg
GERMANY – Berlin, Munich
GREECE – Athens
HUNGARY – Budapest
IRELAND – Dublin
ITALY – Milan, Rome, Venice
POLAND – Warsaw
SWEDEN – Stockholm
UNITED STATES – Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.

To get involved, email: DefendersFJE@hotmail.com.
On photo: these women are wearing T-shirts with the images of their sons who were among the 46 progressives murdered on May 2, 2014, by a fascist-led mob at the House of Trade Unions at Kulikovo field in Odessa, Ukraine. Here they are speaking at the 2nd anniversary memorial, held May 2, 2016, at the scene of the massacre. (Photo by The Virginia Defender newspaper)


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