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Ukraine | Odessa Report 2: Mayday and the May 2nd Remembrance in Odessa

by Joe Lombardo

After taking an overnight train from Kiev, we arrived in Odessa and were met by two anti-Maidan supporters who have been our very kind hosts.  After resting for a while, we met with Alex Meyevski, who was a survivor of the attack on the protesters in Kulikovo Field at the House of Trade Unions on May 2, 2014.

Ukraine | Odessa Report 1, Arriving in Kiev: What Happened on the Maidan 5 Years Ago?

by Joe Lombardo

I am in Kiev, Ukraine with Pippa Bartolotti, a UNAC supporter from Wales, on our way to Odessa where there will be a mobilization to remember the massacre of more than 40 people who were at the Odessa House of Trade Unions on May 2, 2014. The people at the House of Trade Unions were holding a vigil to protest the US supported coup that took place in Maidan starting in late 2013. The massacre was carried out by right-wing, pro-fascist forces many associated with the Right Sector, a coalition of pro-fascist organizations who had come to Odessa from throughout the country for a soccer match and used the opportunity to attack the protesters. More than 40 were killed and around 100 injured and although there are many cell phone videos showing people shooting the protesters and Molotov cocktails being made and thrown, no one has been prosecuted for the murders.

Ukraine | Ukrainian fascist against Czech journalist

On May 2, 2019, Ukrainian fascists prevented the work of a Czech journalist. Robert Žák, a journalist for the Raptor TV channel, came to Odessa that day to make a report on the mourning event on the fifth anniversary of the May massacre. The journalist conducted a live broadcast from Kulikovo Field Square, where thousands of Odessa residents came to commemorate the victims of the Ukrainian fascists.

Ukraine | Odessa massacre: five years passed – nothing changed

Yesterday Odessa residents commemorated fifth anniversary of massacre in the Trade union house at Kulikovo field square. That day five years before a mob of aggressive neo-fascists burnt alive their opponents, who didn’t support far-right coup in Ukraine and demanded rebuilding Ukraine to federative state. According to official data there were 46 victims: 42 federalists were killed in the House of Trade Unions and 4 men in other places of Odessa. But the Council of mothers numbered 49 victims according to recently found evidences.

Call for 5th Memorial day of the Odessa Massacre

May 2, 2019, will mark five years since a right-wing mob attack on the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, Ukraine, a tragedy that resulted in the deaths of at least 42 people and more than 100 injured. Today there still is no justice in sight for the mourners of the victims.
       Those deaths on May 2, 2014, came just months after the democratically elected president was forced out of office by politicians, mass protests and violent right-wing organizations. This resulted in growing tensions in Odessa over several weeks, which culminated with street clashes and the mob attack on the House of Trade Unions.
       Many cellphone videos of the attack have been posted on the Internet, clearly showing people setting the union building on fire with Molotov cocktails. People can be seen jumping from the burning windows and dying when falling to the ground. People laying on the asphalt and those trying to escape were severely beaten with bats and other weapons.
       To date, not one of the perpetrators of these murderous actions has been brought to justice. At the same time, survivors from the arson as well as several of their sympathizers were arrested and many of them are still in prison, many never having been charged with a crime.
       Family members, friends and supporters of the victims and survivors have repeatedly held memorials at the site of the killings, demanding an international investigation leading to prosecution of those responsible. Each year on May 2, thousands of Odessans gather there, despite repeated threats by extreme right-wing organizations to attack the mourners.
       The organizations listed below call on all those who value justice to hold local events on May 2 in solidarity with the people of Odessa and in support of their demand for an international investigation.
       We further call for an end to the harassment and legal repression of survivors of the May 2 tragedy, of their relatives and supporters, and of journalists attempting to investigate the situation.
       This Call has been initiated by the Odessa Solidarity Campaign (USA) and Prague Spring II (Europe). It has been endorsed by the following organizations and individuals:
       [Organizations and individuals will be listed here.]
       TO ENDORSE THIS CALL, PLEASE WRITE:
       DefendersFJE@hotmail.com