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Anti-fascists lay siege to Ukrainian embassy

by JOHN MILLINGTON

SCORES of 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.

Fascist thugs set fire to Odessa’s Trade Unions House on May 2, killing 48 anti-fascist activists in the inferno and blocking all attempts to escape.

The Communist Youth of Greece’s 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 responsibility of the US, Nato and the EU.

“They support the nationalist government of Ukraine and other fascist forces.”

Representatives of the YCL handed in a letter to the Ukrainian embassy, calling for an end to the military 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 three million Ukrainians voted for.

“We extend our solidarity to the Communist Party of Ukraine and demand the anti-democratic EU, Nato and US-backed junta steps down.”

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