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“We remember the atrocities in Odessa”

October 14, 2017 in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, a protest action was held in front of the Ukrainian embassy. The immediate reason for the action was the law on education, which infringes the rights of Bulgarians living in Ukraine. However, the protesters approached the issue extensively. On homemade placards they wrote: “Children are killed in the Donbas, innocent people are killed. Wake up. Stop Fascism!”, “Ukraine has no place in the EU”, “We remember the atrocities in Odessa”, “Tribute Poroshenko” and others. Three protest declarations were read. The protest lasted two and a half hours, accompanied by speeches of participants, the singing of patriotic songs and vigilant police guard. At the end of the rally numerous black balls were released into the sky in memory of people killed by the fascist junta during the events in Odessa.
The organizers of the protest were the civil movement for the left association “NDLO”, the movement of Russophiles named after Petko Voyvoda, the movement “Che Guevara” and a number of other leftist groups.
In the final resolution, the rally participants expressed concern about the fate of the Bulgarians living in Ukraine, supported the refusal of Ukrainian Bulgarians to participate in the civil war on the side of Kiev and expressed concern over the preparation of the “law on the occupied territories”, which makes Kiev an aggressor against its own country.
The rally participants urged the Ukrainian authorities to stop lawlessness and stigmatization against their own Ukrainian people, change the policy towards national minorities and, in particular, the Bulgarians, and adhere to the Minsk agreements, which, according to the rally participants, are the only correct way out of the Ukrainian crisis.

Ukraine | 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).

USA | A Call for an April 10 International Day of Solidarity with the People of Odessa

The Odessa Solidarity Campaign is calling for an International Day of Solidarity with the People of Odessa on April 10, 2017, to draw attention to the Ukrainian government’s repression of anti-fascist activists in that city. We are calling for rallies, vigils and demonstrations outside Ukrainian embassies and consular offices around the world. April 10 is a date of great significance to all Odessans, as it marks the day in 1944 when Odessa was liberated from years of fascist occupation.

Ukraine | Fascists attacked Left rally in Odessa

On December 6 the Ukrainian fascists of Svoboda party attacked the rally of the Left Forces union and the Union of anarchists of Ukraine. The rally at Odessa railway station was against the rise of prices and tariffs. New tariff policy was started by Wojciech Balczun, Polish businesman and musician appointed as a director of Ukrainian state railway by special decision of president Poroshenko. Protestors called new chief of Ukrainian railways to resign.

France | Ukrainian police against four old French people

On May 2nd 2014, a peaceful rally took place on Kulikovo field in Odessa, during which activists who had opposed the recent coup in Kiev were gathering signatures demanding a referendum for a federal organization of the Ukraine. This is when they were attacked by right-wing radicals and pro-Maidan neo-fascists of the Pravy-sektor. Many took refuge in the House of Trade Unions, which the assailants set on fire, and were burned alive. Those who jumped out of windows were beaten to death on the ground. According to official reports, at least 48 of the activists died—a number that doubles when including those who have disappeared—and hundreds were injured.