4 Years Since the Massacre of Anti-Fascists in Ukraine
Wednesday, May 2 – 5:30 pm
Times Square U.S. Army Recruiting Station
West 43rd St. & 7th Avenue, New York City
On May 2, 2014, neo-Nazis attacked activists in the city of Odessa, Ukraine. More than 40 anti-fascists were shot, beaten to death, and burned alive in the House of Trade Unions. The massacre came less than three months after a violent, U.S.-backed coup overthrew the elected government of Ukraine and installed a right-wing dictatorship.
The Odessa attack was a precursor to the outrage in Charlottesville, Va., last year, when white supremacists invaded that city and murdered anti-racist protester Heather Heyer. The Odessa killers continue to walk free, despite ample video and photographic evidence of their guilt. Instead, victims who survived were put on trial – just as young African American man DeAndre Harris has been put on trial after surviving a white supremacist attack in Charlottesville.
Washington’s puppet government in Kiev has blocked the investigation of the Odessa massacre and covered up the facts. President Trump and Congress recently removed the last restrictions on selling heavy weaponry to Ukraine. The Ukrainian army and fascist military gangs have already killed more than 10,000 people in the Donbass mining region, where people refused to accept the rule of the ultra-right oligarchs and Nazi gangs. Enough is enough!
– End the cover-up: justice for Odessa massacre victims
– Stop U.S. aid and weapons to Ukraine
– End the war and blockade against Donbass
– Stop blaming Russia for the crisis created by Washington
On April 14, 2014, the government in Kiev, Ukraine, officially announced the beginning of the so-called “Anti-Terrorist Operation” in the Donbass region. With the use of fighter and bombing aircraft, together with heavy artillery, the Ukrainian military began the process of “levelling” to the ground otherwise peaceful cities and villages.
During the past four years of this war, more than 10,000 people have been killed in the Donbass region, more than 24,000 people have been injured, while the number of refugees forced to leave their homes exceeds one and a half million people. Hundreds of children have also been killed and wounded. The blood of the inhabitants of Donbass is on the hands of the Kiev regime — which has unleashed military aggression in response to the self-determination of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
Almost 40,000 buildings have been destroyed in the territory of the DPR and LPR. Among them were no military facilities, but only production facilities, schools, hospitals and residential buildings.
The adoption by the Ukrainian Parliament of the law on so-called (forced) “reintegration” of Donbass, conclusively confirms Ukraine’s commitment to seek a violent resolution to this conflict with the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. By signing said law, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko annulled the Minsk Agreements, simultaneously untying the hands of the “War Party.” The continuous supply of lethal weapons (from the EU and the U.S.) to Ukraine indicates that world imperialism is interested in the continuation of this military conflict (and is materially supporting it). The people of Donbass are compelled to defend their sovereignty in a fierce struggle against Ukrainian nationalism and fascism and world imperialism.
Participants of the action declare:
– Guided by the principles of proletarian internationalism, we express our solidarity with the people’s republics, and our readiness to help and support them.
We, the protesters, demand:
- from Kiev – that it ceases all hostilities in the Donbass region, and enters negotiations with the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics with regards to establishing relations on the principles of peace;
- from the European Union and the United States — to stop supplying financial aid and military equipment to the criminal Kiev regime;
- from the international community — to support the demand of the People’s Tribunal of Donbass to prosecute Poroshenko, Turchinov, Avakov, Poltorak, Muzhenko and the other military and political criminals of Ukraine.
- No war in Donbass!
We support the self-determination of the DPR and LPR!
April 14, 2018
Actions are planned in: Donetsk, Lugansk, Moscow, London, Berlin, Rome, Naples and Bologna. The resolution will also be presented as part of the #SpringAction2018 protests April 14-15 in New York and other U.S. cities.
On May 2, 2014, at least 48 anti-fascist protesters were murdered by right-wing Ukrainian nationalists at the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, southeastern Ukraine. Those killed had opposed the right-wing coup that had recently taken place in the country’s capital, Kiev, with active support from the U.S. government.
Union Borotba (Struggle), the organization which issued this statement, was outlawed by the new regime and now operates underground.
Appeal to left and anti-fascist organizations in Europe and worldwide on the arrest of Alexander Kushnarev
On February 23 a flagrant event happened in Odessa – agents of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) arrested Alexander Kushnarev, the father of anti-fascist Gennady Kushnarev, who was slain on May 2, 2014.
He is accused of organizing the kidnapping of Parliament Deputy Alexei Goncharenko, who was photographed posing with Gennady’s body on May 2.
Alexander Kushnarev, like the other relatives of the dead, is a major obstacle to the Ukrainian government, which is trying to cover up the massacre that occurred on May 2, 2014, in Odessa.
They refuse to be silent about this tragedy. They hold memorial rallies, produce literature about the events of May 2, and knock on the doors of all international human rights organizations.
Such activity by the relatives of the dead is a “sore spot” for the Ukrainian authorities, as it prevents them from presenting Ukraine to the international community as a democratic country.
In order to silence these people, the regime took a vile step: using the grief from the loss of his son, they set up the father of the deceased anti-fascist to seek revenge. For greater resonance, the chosen target was a deputy of the Ukrainian parliament who took part in the suppression of the opposition on May 2, 2014 — Alexei Goncharenko.
To be fair, it must be said that Alexei Goncharenko didn’t kill anyone, and was not the organizer of the massacre, but it was he was reported the victory of pro-government forces during the live broadcast on the country’s main TV networks. And he did it against the background of the dead Gennady Kushnarev. As a result, the hatred of Odessites for this character is extremely great.
But the problem goes deeper. This situation was made possible because of the sabotage of the investigation of the mass murder at the House of Trade Unions by law enforcement agencies. For nearly three years, Odessa anti-fascists have languished have languished in Ukrainian prisons, while the murderers who finished off those who leapt from windows to escape the burning building, those who shot peaceful citizens of Odessa, are still at large. It is this absence of justice which makes people seek justice on their own.
The authorities provoked this act intentionally, to have an excuse to arrest other activists of the anti-fascist movement. And so, immediately after the arrest of Alexander Kushnarev, searches began of the homes of activists of Kulikovo Field.
We appeal to all concerned people for solidarity! We ask you to organize pickets and rallies outside Ukrainian embassies and consulates, as well as in the streets of your cities!
We ask for the maximum circulation of the information that the Ukrainian government, after assassinating the anti-fascists, wants to imprison their parents!
We will seek the release of Alexander in all international legal bodies, and in case of failure — through prisoner exchange.
We will not allow them to silence the May 2 massacre in Odessa!
Borotba is always on the side of those who think and fight!