11/08/2014 by socialistfight
This meeting condemns in the strongest terms the latest moves by the far-right government in Ukraine, backed by the United States ruling class, to ban the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU).
We also condemn utterly the murder of a local Communist Party leader in Donetsk, Glinsky Secretary Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Kovshun, who was tortured and murdered by the Ukrainian National Guard near the town of Luzhky the night of July 22.
The lynching of this longtime communist activist, like the massacre at the Odessa House of trade Unions on May 2, exposes the Ukrainian junta’s real agenda: to murder, imprison or exile not only KPU leaders, but all anti-fascist and pro-socialist fighters in Ukraine.
A show trial of the Communist Party was set to begin July 24 in Kiev, charging the country’s largest political organization with supporting “separatism” and “terrorism.”
The KPU has been targeted for its opposition to the February coup d’etat, which brought a coalition of neoliberal politicians, oligarchs and outright fascists to power, and for opposing the civil war unleashed against the largely industrial, working-class, southeastern Donbass region of Donetsk and Lugansk, where a strong anti-fascist resistance is contending for power.
Since the coup, Communist Party offices have been occupied and burned down by neo-Nazi groups like Right Sector and Svoboda, party activists have been kidnapped and beaten, and parliamentarians physically attacked. While campaigning for president last May, Communist Party leader Peter Simonenko survived an assassination attempt after a television debate.
Not satisfied to await the results of the kangaroo court, the Verkhovna Rada (parliament), having effectively banned elected members of the KPU, the Party of Regions and others following the illegal coup, changed its rules July 22 to allow parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov to dissolve the Communist Party parliamentary group. Billionaire President Petro Poroshenko signed a bill the same day legalizing the move.
This meeting condemns the murder of Kovshun and sends a message of solidarity and comradeship to all those fighting the us backed coup government and it’s fascist militia. It is with hunt in the traditions of the Nazis and McCarthy and we hold no place in our movement internationally for witchhunt. We condemn utterly the banning of theKPU, attacks on democratic trade unions and physical attacks and murder of labour movement activists. We urge a public statement from the LRC and john McDonnell mp and an urgent message of solidarity and comradeship.