Why did the court acquit all the accused in the case of May 2, Odessa? [and then re-arrested some of them] (excerpts from an opinion piece)
On September 18, the city court of Chernomorsk put a semicolon in the case of activists of the Odessa “Anti-Maidan” detained on charges concerning the riots on May 2, 2014. All without exception, the defendants were found not guilty and released from custody – however, some of them were immediately arrested again on a different charge. (Read more.)
‘UKRAINE AFTER MAIDAN’
New OSC website shines much-needed light on state & right-wing repression
Odessa Solidarity Campaign staff members and friends have launched an important new project to keep the world informed about critical developments in Odessa and Ukraine.
The website Ukraine after Maidan: Right Wing Violence & State Repression tracks acts of violence and intimidation carried out by right-wing radical groups in Ukraine as well as of acts of repression against basic civil liberties and the persecution of the opposition by the Kiev government. Much of the world has no idea about how bad things are today in Ukraine. To counter this lack of information, the new site features translations of articles, full or partial, from local Ukrainian media outlets, including the following topics:
- Arrests & Searches
- Freedom of Speech & Press
- Selective Justice
- Intimidation & Violence by Radicals
- Radicals’ Pressure on Government
- Russophobia & Ultra-nationalism
APPEAL TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF ODESSA on the 3rd anniversary of the massacre at the House of Trade Unions
Earlier this spring, the Odessa Solidarity Campaign received this appeal:
“On the eve of the third anniversary of the events of May 2, 2014, the situation in Odessa is getting worse every day,” wrote a supporter of the Council of Mothers of May 2, which represents the relatives of those who died at the House of Trade Unions. …
“Apartments of anti-Maidan activists are being searched. To counter the peaceful mourning rally, a mobilization of ‘patriots’ has been declared. An atmosphere of fear, hysteria and expectation of a new tragedy is created in Odessa. Everything is aimed at intimidating, misleading and confusing people and eventually making them stay at home.
“In these conditions, we urge the world to closely monitor the situation in Odessa to prevent provocations from those forces that proved to the whole world three years ago their bloodlust and their desire to choose the most cruel and bloody ways.”
In response, the Odessa Solidarity Campaign produced a LEAFLET promoting the Council of Mothers appeal, with suggestions on how to help, that a. The leaflet was distributed at several May Day events in the U.S. and Europe.
Report on the International Day of Solidarity with the People of Odessa
On April 10, 2017, more than two dozen organizations in 19 cities in 12 countries across Europe and North America together called on the government of Ukraine to immediately release all political prisoners and end the current wave of repression against relatives of the victims of the fascist-led massacre at Odessa’s House of Trade Unions on May 2, 2014. April 10 is a date of great significance to all Odessans, as it marks the day in 1944 when Odessa was liberated from years of fascist occupation. The Odessa Solidarity Campaign thanks everyone who participated in this effort and we look forward to working more closely with you in the future. The full report (updated April 17, 2017) is HERE.
Odessa’s Council of Mothers of May 2 responds to the International Day of Solidarity
The Council of Mothers of May represents the relatives and supporters of the victims of May 2, 2014. Their letter to the Odessa Solidarity Campaign concerning the April 10 International Day of Solidarity is HERE.
Welcome to the website of the Odessa Solidarity Campaign, operated by an all-volunteer team of human rights activists dedicated to supporting the people of Odessa, Ukraine, in their heroic resistance to fascism.
Here you will find background information on the economic and political crises in Ukraine; the story of the massacre of 46 anti-fascist activists in Odessa on May 2, 2014; and the ongoing campaign by the Council of Mothers of May 2 for an international investigation into that terrible tragedy, for which no one has yet been brought to justice.
We invite you to learn more about this whole situation and how it sheds light on similar developments throughout Eastern and Southern Europe. We hope you then will be inspired to support the Council of Mothers’ demand for an international investigation – and to work for justice, peace and progress in your own communities.
For the latest news from Odessa, please see “ALERTS” on the above menu.
This riveting collection of first-person accounts of the massacre of at least 46 people in the House of Trade Unions in Kulikovo Square is must reading for anyone trying to understand the terrible events of May 2, 2014, in Odessa, Ukraine.