Statement by the Odessa Solidarity Campaign on the 9 th anniversary of the Odessa Massacre
Each year, the Odessa Solidarity Campaign has promoted actions on May 2 to mark the date in 2014 when a right-wing mob led by openly fascist organizations murdered at least 42 anti-fascists at the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, Ukraine.
The Odessa Massacre took place just a few months after the violent coup that replaced the legimately elected president with a pro-U.S. one. Not surprisingly, the U.S. was heavily involved in promoting the coup.
Today Ukraine has an authoritarian government that openly collaborates with neo-Nazi organizations, incorporating them into its military and promoting the memory of Ukrainian fascists who shamefully collaborated with the World War II Nazi occupation of the then Soviet Ukraine. The birthday of the notorious Nazi collaborator Stefan Bandera is now a national holiday. His image graces a national stamp. Major streets have been renamed in his honour and Bandera statues have replaced monuments to Soviet war heroes.
For years, relatives of those who were murdered on May 2, 2014, regularly visited the site of the massacre and kept repeating their demand for an international investigation into the atrocity, something the Ukrainian government has never allowed. Today it is impossible for them to come into the streets without risking arrest or physical attacks.
The Odessa Solidarity Campaign was founded in 2016 to support the anti-fascist people of Odessa, and now Ukraine as a whole. That was the year we traveled to Odessa to stand with the Council of Mothers of May 2 as they defied threats of attack by the same fascist organizations that had murdered their daughters and sons.
Today, as the world is inundated with pro-U.S. and pro-NATO propaganda about the war in Ukraine, we believe it is more important than ever to keep alive the memory of the Odessa Massacre and the fact that not all Ukrainians support the current reactionary government and its pro-U.S./NATO stance.
And as for the war itself, we call on the U.S. and NATO, which are responsible for provoking this devastating confrontation, to stop sending arms to Ukraine and stop using the Ukrainian people as cannon fodder in their proxy war against Russia.
Remember the Odessa Massacre!
U.S. Out of Ukraine!
NATO Out of Existence!
ODESSA SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN
PO Box 23202, Richmond, VA 23223 – USA
This photo shows young Nazis preparing Molotov cocktails to set people on fire in the Trade Union Building in Odessa. They are killers. Remember their faces.
Vladimir Putin said not so long ago, “We know them by name and will do everything to punish them: find them and bring them to justice.”
…On May 2, 2023 many demonstrators in Moscow marked that day with a move “We will remember”.
read more in our Telegram-channel https://t.me/The_International_Affairs