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Statement: condemn the fascist pogrom in Odessa

This is a statement drafted by Workers Power which we invite organisations and individuals to sign. Please circulate it to your members and supporters. To add your name to the statement please reply to this or email contact@workerspower.co.uk

May 3 2014

We unequivocally condemn the fascist pogrom in Odessa, carried out by Right Sector gangs loyal to the regime in Kyiv.

They torched the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, killing scores inside. The Nazi gangs finished off those who jumped from or fled the building, kicking them to death on the street. In the evening they carried out further pogroms against the population.

We unreservedly condemn this fascist terror, which is the direct consequence of the illegal Kyiv government’s attempt to impose its authority by force on the whole of southern and eastern Ukraine.

We condemn without equivocation all the attempts of this government of oligarchs and fascists ­ which has integrated the Right Sector fascist militias into their ‘forces of order’ – to spread their rule to areas that have justly resisted their illegitimate authority.

We declare our complete solidarity with the population resisting the offensive of the Kyiv regime and support their legitimate demands for autonomy.

We send our condolences to the family and friends of the martyrs in Odessa including to the comrades of the Ukrainian organisation Borotba who have consistently resisted the fascist advance into southeastern Ukraine and to the family of their comrade Andrey Brazhevsky, killed yesterday at the House
of Trade Unions.

We condemn the governments and politicians of the USA and EU states who have supported the coup and actually embraced the fascist leaders.

We likewise condemn the western imperialist media who continue to slander the resistance and cover for the crimes committed by the regime in Kyiv.

We appeal to the labour, socialist, anti-war and antifascist movements of the world to denounce the pogrom in Odessa, to condemn the offensive against the East and South, and to mobilise action in solidarity with the antifascist resistance in Ukraine.

Russian text

Czech text



– We condemn ALL imperialist powers (USA, EU, Russia) interfere into events in Ukraine.

– We support undistorted referendum in South and East Ukraine about their future – for right of inhabitants to choose from unitary Ukraine with decentralisation of political competencies, federal Ukraine, autonomy or independence from Ukraine

Read the Czech translation here

  • The Bolshevik Study Circles of South Africa

Tobias Abse

Gulnara Aitova, Alternativy, Russia (pc)

Mohammad Amirani

Brad Atkinson, London

Andrei Barlow, NUT Kent (pc)

Richard Bateman, Vienna

Jay Blackwood

Peter Braet, Belgium

Andrew Cooper, Lambeth

Gioia Coppola, Left Unity Greenwich & Lewisham branch

Brian Edouard Curdy, La Gauche – La Sinistra – Di Alternative, Switzerland

Andrei Barlow, NUT Kent

Paul Brennan

David Broder, UCU, (pc)

Miloš Đačić

Gerard Dinnen, Ireland

Ella Downing

Gerry Downing, Socialist Fight

Zari Esparam

Craig Farlow, Unite and IWW (pc)

Lisa Farrell, National Tertiary Education Union, Melbourne (pc)

Peter Flack, NUT, Leicester Social Forum, (pc)

Nick Foster, Left Unity, Bristol (pc)

Mark France, Unite and Left Unity Worcestershire (pc)

Matthias Fritz, IG Metall trade union (pc), Stuttgart, Germany

Nick Gerrard, Czech Republic

Alicia Fernández Gómez, Teacher, Asturias, Spain

Doug Enaa Greene, Communist writer, USAHamid Ghorbani

Matt Hale, Sheffield Left Unity Coordinator (pc)

Shahla Heydari

Danny Jennings, ISN (pc)

T W Jones, Left Unity (pc)

Boris Kagarlitsky, Institute for Globalization Studies and Social Movements (IGSO), Moscow

Said Ke, Stockholm

Mhairi McAlpine, Blogger at: Second Council House of Virgo

Sandy McBurney, Left Unity Glasgow (pc)

Chris McCabe, Cambridge

Jim Padmore, Left Unity Leeds (pc)

Harry Paterson, Nottinghamshire Left Unity (pc), Author of Look Back in Anger: the Miners’ Strike in Nottinghamshire 30 Years on

Pia Nyberg

Moira Hendrie Rafferty

Roy Ratcliffe, www.critical-mass.net

Michelle Reeves, NTEU, Australia (pc)

Zhaleh Sahand, USA

Tito Tafa, New Zealand

Mike Tippett

Peter Tobin, Democracy & Class Struggle (pc)

Adrian Waters

Roger Welch, ISN, Portsmouth (pc)

Craig Wroe

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56 Responses to Statement: condemn the fascist pogrom in Odessa

  1. Tobias Abse

    May 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Please add my name. In my view Duncan Chapple and Liam McUaid ( and anybody else in the USec who supports their stance)have blood on their hands. Their libels against Borotba who had comrades in that building ( at least one of whom was murdered and at least one of whom was very badly beaten up by the fascists) helped create a climate in which the neo-Nazis of Pravy Sektor , the stormtroopers of the Kiev regime, could murder our comrades with impunity

  2. nickcgerrard

    May 10, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Add me to that list.
    czech rep

  3. Andrei Barlow

    May 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm


  4. Matthias Fritz

    May 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Add me to this list.
    Matthias Fritz, member of IG Metall Trade-union, Stuttgart, Germany

  5. Alicia Fernández Gómez

    May 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm


  6. Paul Brennan

    May 8, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Please add me. We must stand in solidarity at this time.

  7. sarah

    May 7, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Fuck the imperialistic west and NATO.
    In this regard fuck the the Russians too.
    That’s if swearing is acceptable.

  8. Brad Atkinson

    May 7, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    add me to this statement

  9. Craig Farlow

    May 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Unite and IWW

    ¡No pasarán!

  10. T W Jones

    May 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Once again, the western capitalist and neo-liberalist governments are aiding the extreme right.I fully agree with your statement.Please add my name to the petition. Mr T W Jones, (LU member)

  11. Duncan Chapel

    May 7, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    If the pro-Russian mobilisations in Ukraine are anti-fascist, why are supporters of Russian fascist organisations like the Black Hundreds, the Eurasian Youth Union, The Other Russia, and the ‘Slavs’ taking part in them?

  12. Betty

    May 7, 2014 at 4:26 am

    „Wer vom Kapitalismus nicht reden will, der sollte auch vom Faschismus schweigen“

  13. borzo karimi

    May 7, 2014 at 3:35 am

    down with capitalism

  14. Stephen Calder

    May 6, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Solidarity with the Ukrainian people & resistance against the fascists and the western-backed coup.

  15. shahla heydari

    May 6, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Axcellent statement!

    Could you please add my
    Name totne signatories?
    6:may 9:24pm

  16. shahla heydari

    May 6, 2014 at 8:09 am


  17. Zari Esparam

    May 6, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Please add my name.

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  19. Said Ke

    May 6, 2014 at 12:39 am

    i totally agree with the statement . down with fascism & nazism !
    it´s an honor to sign the petition .
    Said Ke , stockholm Art School

  20. Tom Delargy

    May 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    “The main enemy is at home.” That was the slogan adopted by Rosa Luxemburg’s comrade Karl Liebknecht as he rejected German imperialism. Lenin said this was the slogan of all principled internationalists in every imperialist struggle. In Britain today we have five broadcasters peddling NATO propaganda. The task of socialists fighting or working class solidarity across national borders is not to join the chorus of NATO propaganda. On the contrary,our task is to expose their hypocrisy. Time for all socialists to show a bit of backbone. Time to stop doing NATO’s dirty work. Solidarity with the victims of NATO’s Hitler-loving glove puppets.

  21. Maryam Afshari

    May 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    We must stand with the workers against fascism and imperialism.

  22. Moira hendrie Rafferty

    May 5, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Agree with statement. fascism must be crushed

  23. Peter Flack

    May 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Hi, please add my name to the signatories. Peter Flack

  24. Andrew Cooper

    May 5, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Please add my name to this list

  25. Gerry Downing

    May 5, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Please add my name and that is Socialist Fight to this statement. An open public meeting on the basis of this statement to launch an international solidarity campaign with Ukraine workers.

  26. Richard Bateman

    May 5, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Yep, add my name.

  27. Max

    May 5, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Is anything actually being done to stop this? And why isn’t it in the news?

  28. Michelle Reeves

    May 4, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Please add my name. (member, NTEU Australia)

  29. Doug Enaa Greene

    May 4, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Add my name to the statement.

  30. Steve Connor

    May 4, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    We fought against nazis in WWII. Why is the west supporting them now?

  31. Brian Edouard Curdy

    May 4, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Please add my name to the statement.

  32. N Singh

    May 4, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Never again means never again. Fascism needs to be opposed and stopped

  33. chegitz guevara

    May 4, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    We must stand with the workers against fascism and imperialism.

  34. Robert Brenchley

    May 4, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    It’s been a confusing situation, but I think things are clear enough now to see at least the outlines of what’s going on. The slaughter in Odessa cannot be too strongly condemned; there’s a coup government in the west, with fascist backing, attempting to impose a US backed takedown of yet another country. I don’t support Russia, another imperial power, but it’s far form clear that the rebel forces in the east are controlled by Putin.

  35. Mhairi McAlpine

    May 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Please add my name to the statement.

  36. David Broder

    May 4, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Please add my name.

  37. Pia Nyberg

    May 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Please add my name to the statement.

  38. jim padmore

    May 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    A good statement.

  39. Mike Tippett

    May 4, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Please add my name to the statement

  40. Merlin

    May 4, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Destroy facism!

  41. Lisa Farrell

    May 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Please add my name.

    (Member, National Tertiary Education Union, Melbourne)

  42. Gioia Coppola

    May 4, 2014 at 10:52 am

    signed, Gioia Coppola, Left Unity Greenwich & Lewisham branch

  43. Hamid Ghorbani

    May 4, 2014 at 6:17 am

    These is Imperilisternas var crimes and must condemen and stopped

  44. Jarrid Carroll-Frey

    May 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    This comment kills fascists

  45. Matt Hale

    May 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Good statement, well done for taking the initative.

    You can add my name.

    Matt Hale, Sheffield Left Unity Coordinator

  46. Daniel Woody

    May 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Crush the fascists, crush Western and Eastern imperialisms, for socialist revolution! Unite in a Fifth International!

  47. Chris Patton

    May 3, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    This fascist putsch would not have had a chance of success if not for the concerted intervention of US and EU imperialism. These imperialists have relied on fascism to impose the diktats of the IMF and EU austerity when they could rely on no one else. From the depression of the 1930’s to the present depression, same problem, same solution, fascism! The left must unite and campaign hard for the victims of this atrocity. Excellent initiative. Solidarity comrades.

  48. Danny Jennings

    May 3, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    All socialists should support this statement. It is our duty as anti fascist to oppose the spread of the far right across the world. Solidarity to the Ukrainians resisting the fascist regime!

  49. Jay Blackwood

    May 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Excellent statement! Could you please add my name to the signatories?

  50. Gerry Downing

    May 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Principled statement. Thus should be the basis for an international solidarity campaign. They need food, medicine, money and fighters.

  51. Tobin

    May 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Am not a Trot but a Marxist-Leninist (Who you, along with bourgeois anti-communists, call: ‘Stalinist’) but agree with your petition. Check out our website; Democracy & Class Struggle.

    Lal salaam

  52. Behrooz Navaii

    May 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Stop breaking down people’s stands and basic properties.

  53. Nick Foster

    May 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Fascist murder under the support of the EU and NATO

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  55. Adrian

    May 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Solidarity comrades!
    Death to fascism-freedom to the people!

  56. Julia Williams

    May 3, 2014 at 11:56 am

    These are war crimes and must be stopped and punished

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