[WSMDiscuss] 7th memorial Odessa solidarity international action during May

Tord Björk tord.bjork at gmail.com
Wed Apr 28 13:27:11 CEST 2021

Call for one of the action made important when peoples movement converge i
the WSG preparatory process in Europe and at the WSF peace events:

Join the Odessa solidarity action during May:


Share the Facebook message:

The seventh Memorial Day of the attack on the House of Trade Unions in
Odessa, Ukraine takes place on May 2, 2021. In the last day of April and
during May we will publish pictures of the 42 victims of the mass murder
and new material on how Nato and mass media covered this human rights
violation by obfuscating the facts and trying to blame the victims for
their own death. Below you find the call and practical ways you can

During the whole of May, we show our solidarity with the victims, their
relatives and their friends.

You can also participate.

First, you can change your profile picture on social media. You can choose
from the three pictures in this blogpost

Further, you can participate individually or gather some friends (remember
to follow local restrictions and to keep distance due to the corona virus)
by taking a photo from your hometown, village or home which includes
something that shows solidarity with Odessa. It can be, for instance, a red
carnation flower or some other flower, a black balloon and/or the ribbon of
Saint George.

Publish the photo with hashtags #RememberOdessa #Odessa2May
#OdessaSolidarity #Justice4Odessa #2May2014 #2Мая2014 #Odessa #Одесса
#2MayOdessa #2МаяОдесса

You are free to send your photo together with information where the photo
is taken to aktivisterforfred at gmail,com and we will publish it. See also our

Remember that you, in your photo, are free to include a sign with a message
you want to share with the world in solidarity with Odessa.

You can find free material to use here on or blog

On our blog we have also published information on how to participate

Act now!

Below you find the international call for action from the fifth Memorial
Day 2019. Unfortunately the demands in this call for, for instance, an
international investigation, is still valid. If you or your organization
want to sign the call, send a message to aktivisterforfred at gmail.com


The international call:


May 2, 2019, will mark five years since a right-wing mob attack on the
House of Trade Unions in Odessa, Ukraine, a tragedy that resulted in the
deaths of at least 42 people and more than 100 injured. Today there still
is no justice in sight for the mourners of the victims.

Those deaths on May 2, 2014, came just months after the democratically
elected president was forced out of office by politicians, mass protests
and violent right-wing organizations. This resulted in growing tensions in
Odessa over several weeks, which culminated with street clashes and the mob
attack on the House of Trade Unions.

Many cellphone videos of the attack have been posted on the Internet,
clearly showing people setting the union building on fire with Molotov
cocktails. People can be seen jumping from the burning windows and dying
when falling to the ground. People laying on the asphalt and those trying
to escape were severely beaten with bats and other weapons. To date, not
one of the perpetrators of these murderous actions has been brought to

At the same time, survivors from the arson as well as several of their
sympathizers were arrested and many of them are still in prison, many never
having been charged with a crime. Family members, friends and supporters of
the victims and survivors have repeatedly held memorials at the site of the
killings, demanding an international investigation leading to prosecution
of those responsible.

Each year on May 2, thousands of Odessans gather there, despite repeated
threats by extreme right-wing organizations to attack the mourners. The
organizations listed below call on all those who value justice to hold
local events on May 2 in solidarity with the people of Odessa and in
support of their demand for an international investigation.

We further call for an end to the harassment and legal repression of
survivors of the May 2 tragedy, of their relatives and supporters, and of
journalists attempting to investigate the situation.

This Call has been initiated by the Odessa Solidarity Campaign (USA) and
Prague Spring 2 (Europe). To see which organizations and individuals who
endorsed this call, please visit our blog
Tord Björk

email: tord.bjork at gmail.com, skype: tordbjork, tel: +46 (0)722 15 16 90
address: Kyrkängsbacken 8, 14135 Huddinge, Sweden
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