[WSMDiscuss] Make solidarity action with the victims of the Odessa massacre May 2

Tord Björk tord.bjork at gmail.com
Fri Apr 20 21:47:24 CEST 2018

*ODESSA + 4*

*Show solidarity with the victims of the Odessa massacre 2ndof May 2018*

*Buy a carnation flower + Make a sign + take a photo + share!*

Write a message, make your own choice or pick what you want:

*Peace in Europe now!Solidarity with the victims of the Odessa
massacre!Stop repression in Ukraina and Russia!*Put the flower and the sign
at a public space. Take a picture, say were it is and if you can say who
you are and share here: https://www.facebook.com/

You can also distribute flyers or share information and links about the
Ukrainian conflict and the massacre and tragedy that took place in Odessa
May 2 2014.

Why carnation flower? It is customary in Eastern European countries to
honor the dead with the help of this flower. Below a photo from the trade
union building in Odessa the day after the massacre.


2nd of May 2018

Commemorate the Odessa massacre and tragedy! Solidarity with the victims
and their relatives! Build peace in Europe now!

On the 2nd of May 2014 in Odessa in Ukraine 42 people were killed when a
trade union house was surrounded by a large progovernmental mob and the
house was set on fire. Today the survivors and the relatives of the victims
or anyone questioning this attack are repressed. They need our solidarity!

The Odessa clashes

The fire killing 42 people started at the entrance of the building were the
mob throw many molotov cock- tails. The people inside who were supporting a
referendum for a federal Ukraine died from lack of air to breath or when
jumping out of the windows. Many were beaten severely when trying to get
away from the fire. This makes what happened a massacre.

This violent mob attack was preceded by street clashes in another part of
the city. Here first two progov- ernmental activists and then four
pro-federalist were shot to death.

The fact that some organized right wing-nationalists and others started to
rescue those caught in the fire after a while when others continued to beat
the survivors shows that it was a tragedy and not a fascist preplanned
attempt to kill everyone. Yet it was also a mass murder committed by all
who with ill intentions threw fire bombs into the building.

Today survivors of the massacre in the trade union house and relatives of
the victims are harassed and persecuted. No one has been sentenced for the
crimes. The very few accused of attacking pro federalists has been aquitted
while profederalists are held in custody year after year accused
collectively for rioting.

The fascist organization the Rigth Sector as well as the main stream
Euromaidan organization calls what happened this day a victory. Also
president Poroshenko uses a similar narrative claiming that he is proud of
that ‘’Today Odessa has become very pro-Ukrainian.” As a result of that
“Odessa paid a high price on May 2 to see what is happening now if we
hadn’t stopped the invasion of separatists.”

A narrative that calls the killing of so many people a victory or something
similar is exactly the opposite of what Europe needs. What we need instead
to build peace is:

- Stop harassment and persecution on both sides of the conflict, in Odessa,
Ukraine, Rus- sia and the EU.

- Demand equally from all actors to implement the Minsk agreement for peace
in Ukraine and especially what is necessary to help civilians in the midst
of the conflict

- Stop armament and invest instead in social and environmental concerns.

Prague Spring 2 network against right wing extremism and populism
Break the silence about the Ukrainian conflict and distribute this leaflet
on May 1! Make solidarity action on May 2 in solidarity with the Odessa

Keep others informed through: https://www.facebook.com/
Solidarity-action-May-2-with-the-victims-of-the- Odessa-massacre-

Tord Björk

Activists for peace
You find flyers at the facebookpage, address above.
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