This is a statement drafted by Workers Power which we invite organisations and individuals to sign. Please circulate it to your members and supporters. To add your name to the statement please reply to this or email [email protected]
May 3 2014
We unequivocally condemn the fascist pogrom in Odessa, carried out by Right Sector gangs loyal to the regime in Kyiv.
They torched the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, killing scores inside. The Nazi gangs finished off those who jumped from or fled the building, kicking them to death on the street. In the evening they carried out further pogroms against the population.
We unreservedly condemn this fascist terror, which is the direct consequence of the illegal Kyiv government’s attempt to impose its authority by force on the whole of southern and eastern Ukraine.
We condemn without equivocation all the attempts of this government of oligarchs and fascists which has integrated the Right Sector fascist militias into their ‘forces of order’ – to spread their rule to areas that have justly resisted their illegitimate authority.
We declare our complete solidarity with the population resisting the offensive of the Kyiv regime and support their legitimate demands for autonomy.
We send our condolences to the family and friends of the martyrs in Odessa including to the comrades of the Ukrainian organisation Borotba who have consistently resisted the fascist advance into southeastern Ukraine and to the family of their comrade Andrey Brazhevsky, killed yesterday at the House
of Trade Unions.
We condemn the governments and politicians of the USA and EU states who have supported the coup and actually embraced the fascist leaders.
We likewise condemn the western imperialist media who continue to slander the resistance and cover for the crimes committed by the regime in Kyiv.
We appeal to the labour, socialist, anti-war and antifascist movements of the world to denounce the pogrom in Odessa, to condemn the offensive against the East and South, and to mobilise action in solidarity with the antifascist resistance in Ukraine.
– We condemn ALL imperialist powers (USA, EU, Russia) interfere into events in Ukraine.
– We support undistorted referendum in South and East Ukraine about their future – for right of inhabitants to choose from unitary Ukraine with decentralisation of political competencies, federal Ukraine, autonomy or independence from Ukraine
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Gulnara Aitova, Alternativy, Russia (pc)
Brad Atkinson, London
Andrei Barlow, NUT Kent (pc)
Richard Bateman, Vienna
Peter Braet, Belgium
Andrew Cooper, Lambeth
Gioia Coppola, Left Unity Greenwich & Lewisham branch
Brian Edouard Curdy, La Gauche – La Sinistra – Di Alternative, Switzerland
Andrei Barlow, NUT Kent
David Broder, UCU, (pc)
Gerard Dinnen, Ireland
Gerry Downing, Socialist Fight
Craig Farlow, Unite and IWW (pc)
Lisa Farrell, National Tertiary Education Union, Melbourne (pc)
Peter Flack, NUT, Leicester Social Forum, (pc)
Nick Foster, Left Unity, Bristol (pc)
Mark France, Unite and Left Unity Worcestershire (pc)
Matthias Fritz, IG Metall trade union (pc), Stuttgart, Germany
Nick Gerrard, Czech Republic
Alicia Fernández Gómez, Teacher, Asturias, Spain
Doug Enaa Greene, Communist writer, USAHamid Ghorbani
Matt Hale, Sheffield Left Unity Coordinator (pc)
Danny Jennings, ISN (pc)
T W Jones, Left Unity (pc)
Boris Kagarlitsky, Institute for Globalization Studies and Social Movements (IGSO), Moscow
Said Ke, Stockholm
Mhairi McAlpine, Blogger at: Second Council House of Virgo
Sandy McBurney, Left Unity Glasgow (pc)
Chris McCabe, Cambridge
Jim Padmore, Left Unity Leeds (pc)
Harry Paterson, Nottinghamshire Left Unity (pc), Author of Look Back in Anger: the Miners’ Strike in Nottinghamshire 30 Years on
Moira Hendrie Rafferty
Roy Ratcliffe, www.critical-mass.net
Michelle Reeves, NTEU, Australia (pc)
Zhaleh Sahand, USA
Tito Tafa, New Zealand
Peter Tobin, Democracy & Class Struggle (pc)
Roger Welch, ISN, Portsmouth (pc)