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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.”

USA | An Open Letter to the governments of the United States, Ukraine & Odessa regarding the upcoming events in Odessa on May 2, 2018

The Odessa Solidarity Campaign is calling on the federal governments of Ukraine and the United States and the city government of Odessa to ensure that the civic rights of those attending the upcoming May 2 memorial in Odessa are respected, including the delegations of international monitors who will be present on that day.

EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR ODESSA!

As we approach May 2, the fourth anniversary of the massacre of scores of progressive activists by a fascist-led mob in Odessa, Ukraine, neo-Nazi forces are again mobilizing for violence. They are calling for a march to Kulikovo Square, the scene of the massacre, where families of those who were murdered on May 2, 2014, will gather to remember their dead and renew their call for justice.

Ukraine | Ten countries take part in Odessa Solidarity Action

As US based Odessa Solidarity Campaign reports activists from twelve cities plan to express their solidarity with progressive forces in Odessa. May 2, 2018, will mark the fourth anniversary of the fascist massacre of scores of progressive activists at the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, Ukraine. Despite the continual threat of violence by local fascists, the people of Odessa will once again gather to honor their dead and demand justice. In countries across Europe and North America, vigils, protests and meetings will be held in solidarity. Odessa Solidarity Campaign has published a partial list of cities and countries there solidarity events will take place. They are planned in Ukraine, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.

Turkey | Harassment of students in Turkey

A number of academic communities’ members around the world strongly opposed the recent arrests and harassment of students at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. On March 19, 2018, students demonstrated against a campus event supporting the Turkish soldiers who fought in the invasion of Afrin, Syria, which was organized by the Society for Islamic Research (İslam Araştırmaları Kulübü). The arrests on campus, as well as subsequent police raids of student homes and dormitories, continue a disturbing trend of criminalizing political speech and dissent in Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has cynically referred to these students as “terrorists”, vowed to expel them from Boğaziçi University, and to deny them the right to study at any other university. Researchers and scientists note: “We have heard this kind of verbal attack from Erdoğan before and it was followed by the detention of thousands of academics, journalists, artists, and human rights advocates.