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Turkey | Imprisoned Turkish artist Zehra Doğan smuggled a thank-you letter to Banksy from jail

by Benjamin Sutton

The artist and journalist Zehra Doğan has sent Banksy a thank-you letter that had to be illegally smuggled out of Turkey’s infamous Diyarbakır prison, where she is serving a 34-month sentence, in order to reach the secretive British street artist. Doğan wrote the letter out of gratitude to Banksy for a mural he created in collaboration with graffiti artist Borf in March in New York City, calling attention to her situation and advocating for her release. The handwritten letter, which was posted to Banksy’s Instagram account along with an abridged translation, opens with a description of the conditions at Diyarbakır, where she and many other members of Turkey’s Kurdish minority have been held and tortured.

UK | UK communists express their solidarity with anti-fascists in Ukraine

A protest was held today in Whitehall, London opposite the prime minister’s residence in Downing Street in solidarity with anti-fascists in Ukraine, with the slogans: “Civilians in the Donbas still face daily gunfire, death, injury and blockade. Bring peace to Ukraine now!”
The protesters called for the British government to end its support for the fascist-infested government in Kiev, such as sending military personnel to train members of the Ukrainian army, including those currently engaged in the four year long conflict in Donbas.
The organisers, members of the New Communist Party of Britain, Socialist Fight, Posadists in Britain, and members of Solidarity with the Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine, pointed out that residents of the anti-fascist Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics have been subjected to constant military attack and economic blockade since April 2014.
Despite the 2015 Minsk Agreements negotiated by the “Normandy Four”, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France, which promised peace and semi-autonomous status for the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, Kiev, egged on by Washington, has slammed the door on any peaceful outcome to the conflict.
The conflict continues day after day, month after month while the western media only reports from the Kiev side and is still recycling fake NATO claims – based on satellite images and photos from different regions and dates – of an alleged Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The protesters highlighted the role of the openly fascist Right Sector and the far-right, openly anti-semitic Svoboda Party in the February 2014 violent coup in Kiev, and said that the ‘Euromaidan’ protests received massive support from Washington and European leaders to the tune of billions of dollars.
The Right Sector is an openly Nazi organisation which displays the red and black flag of forces which collaborated with Nazi Germany in WW2 along with White Power and Hitler-loving images, and Svoboda has links with the British BNP and Hungarian nazi Jobbik Party.
Since 2014 trade union offices have been ransacked and burned, WW2 holocaust memorials have been repeatedly vandalised, the Communist Party of Ukraine (the largest opposition party) banned, communists, socialists, Jewish and gay people have been attacked, and members of the judiciary intimidated by fascist hooligans.
The war in the Donbas which began in 2014, in which 10-15,000 have been killed, mainly civilians, is still continuing and men, women and children in the Donbas are being killed or injured daily.
Dozens of neo-Nazi militias have been incorporated into the National Guard of Ukraine, including the Azov Battalion (pictured), whose symbol is clearly modelled on the WW2 Waffen-SS’s Wolfsangel logo.
This war in Ukraine has been all but blacked out in the western media, and in recent months the main source of news and comment from the Donbas itself, Donbass International News Agency, has been shut down on its website, facebook and twitter platforms, with visitors getting the message “Attackers might be trying to steal your information”.
The protestors defended Russia against being blamed for the war in Ukraine, and said that Russia’s humanitarian and economic support, including giving thousands of Donbas children breaks in holiday camps, had greatly aided the Donbas republics to survive four years of war and blockade.
The British government continues to support the illegal fascist-backed Poroshenko regime in Kiev, including sending military personnel to train Ukrainian armed forces troops. The protesters called on the British government to end all support for the current government in Kiev, and to back a peaceful, negotiated end the war in Ukraine.

Ukraine | Antifaschistische Solidarität Mit der Antifaschistischen Karawane im Donbass

Von Renate Koppe

Anfang Mai besuchte die von der italienischen Band Banda Bassotti initiierte antifaschistische Karawane zum vierten Mal den Donbass. Jedes Jahr fahren etwa 50 Teilnehmer aus verschiedenen Ländern in den Donbass, diesmal waren sie aus Italien, Spanien, Irland, Russland, Deutschland, Mexiko, Portugal und weiteren Ländern, darunter auch zwei Mitglieder der DKP.

USA | New Yorkers demand action against Israel’s killing of Palestinian protesters

Over 300 New Yorkers come together in mourning and rage at offices of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, demanding action against Israel’s killing of Palestinian protesters

“We desperately need real leadership to put pressure on Israel”

International Solidarity with the People of Odessa

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A Report by the Odessa Solidarity Campaign

On May 2, 2014, the people of Odessa, Ukraine, experienced the worst civil atrocity in Europe since World War II. Scores of people died when a fascist-led mob chased a group of progressive activists into the five-story House of Trade Unions in Kulikovo Pole (Square) – and then set it on fire. Some died from the flames, some from smoke inhalation, some from gunshot wounds. Some leapt from the building, only to be beaten to death when they hit the ground. Dozens of cellphone videos posted on the Internet clearly show that this was a mass lynching. Just google “May 2, 2014, Odessa.”