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Anti-fascists laid siege to the Ukrainian Embassy yesterday evening in a peaceful protest against Kiev’s crackdown on democracy.
The emergency demonstration called by the Young Communist League of Britain (YCL), brought together activists from across the political spectrum to condemn the massacre of trade unionists in Odessa and to call on the British government to cut diplomatic ties with Ukraine.
Fire broke out on May 2nd in Odessa’s Trade Unions House where 48 pro-Russian activists have now lost their lives, with initial reports blaming fascist thugs for the massacre.
Youth activist from the KNE (Greek Young Communist League), Vassia Varbakastani told the 60-strong crowd: “The escalation of violence and repression carried out by the government of Kiev which is the product of a coup d’etat, against the people in east Ukraine highlights the enormous responsibilities of the USA, NATO and EU.
“They support the nationalist government of Ukraine and other fascist forces in the framework of their competition with Russia.”
Ms Varbakastani accused the Kiev government of trying to ban political activity by the Communist Party in Ukraine, the Party of Regions and that Britain was taking advantage of the situation.
She added: “People in Britain, together with all the peoples of Europe, must condemn the imperialist intervention of the USA-NATO-EU in Ukraine as well as every attempt to restrict the rights of the Ukrainian people and ban the activity of communists.”
Representatives of the YCL handed in a letter to the Ukrainian Embassy, calling for an end to the political crackdown.
YCL general secretary Zoe Hennessy said: “We called this demo in order to demand an end to fascist violence against trade unionists and communists in Ukraine, and protest against the Communist Party of Ukraine’s expulsion from parliament, a party which 3 million Ukrainians voted for.
“We extend our solidarity to the Communist Party of Ukraine, and demand the the anti-democratic EU-NATO-USA backed junta steps down.”