Antiracism Oulu – Public statement April 28, 2016
The Ukrainians live in a difficult time. The protests and coup in Kiev in February 2014, controlled and supported by US and its allies, have caused the deaths of more than 10 000 people, and wounded more than 20 000 in the resulting civil war. One and a half million Ukrainians have been forced to leave their homes and more than a million of them are in exile.
Ukraine has moved away from being a bourgeois democracy and looks more and more like an openly terrorist dictatorship. Fascists have strong representation in the government and in other high positions, and fascist battalions are part of Ukraine’s military forces. The Kiev administration have given the status “freedom fighter” to people who fought alongside Hitler during the Second World War and who participated, among other things, in the massacres of Jewish and Polish people. At the same time it has criminalized communist ideology and symbols, and banned both communists and socialist activities.
Ukraine’s social conditions are catastrophic. Rising prices and high inflation without increase of wages impoverish the people. The war in Donbass in North-East Ukraine has destroyed homes, public buildings and infrastructure. Citizens without pension or wages are deprived of adequate food and essential medicines.
Ukrainian antifascists have invited people from all around the world to commemorate the victims of the massacre of 48 people carried out on May 2nd 2014 by extreme nationalists and fascists at the Trade Unions House in Odessa. Many had managed to escape the burning building, but were murdered just outside it afterwards. This action was supported by the Kiev Administration.
By honoring the victims of the Odessa massacre we show our solidarity with the subordinated, the oppressed and persecuted in Ukraine and throughout the world. Today Ukrainian comrades are forced to operate largely underground. This May Day the Ukrainians cannot march, at least not without the threat of serious violence.
Antiracism Oulu wants to send a message of solidarity to the Ukrainian people, to the Ukrainian antifascists and to the Ukrainian left. We call on all progressive forces in Finland and in other countries to work for an end to the Ukrainian civil war, for an end to arbitrary behavior of the extreme right, as well as to lift the ban on Communist and other left-wing activities. The slaughter in Odessa on May 2 must be examined impartially and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.