In response to the increasing political repression in the city of Odessa, Ukraine, by that country’s federal government, the U.S.-based Odessa Solidarity Campaign has called for an International Day of Solidarity with the People of Odessa, to take place on April 10, the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Odessa from fascist occupation. The day will include activities in 19 cities in 12 countries.
In Washington, D.C., members of the Odessa Solidarity Campaign will visit the Ukrainian Embassy to the United States to deliver a letter calling on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to release all political prisoners and end the current repression in Odessa against relatives of the at least 46 martyrs who were murdered at the House of Trade Unions fire on May 2, 2014.
The specific demands of the day are: Free Alexander Kushnarev, Anatoly Slobodyanik & All Political Prisoners in Ukraine! Stop the Repression Against Relatives & Supporters of Those Killed on May 2, 2014! No to Fascism in Ukraine & All Over the World!
The letter to President Poroshenko will be delivered to Ukrainian embassies and consulates in the following cities: ENGLAND – London; FRANCE – Paris, Strasbourg; GERMANY – Berlin, Munich; GREECE – Athens; HUNGARY – Budapest; IRELAND – Dublin; ITALY – Milan, Rome, Venice; POLAND – Warsaw; SWEDEN – Stockholm; SWITZERLAND – Bern; UNITED STATES – Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. In addition, in Vancouver, Canada, where there is no Ukrainian embassy or consulate, there will be an online presence. In several cities, including Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Budapest, there will be protests in addition to the delivery of the letter.
Source: Odessa Solidarity Campaign / RedGlobe