In an attempt to thwart pro-worker protests slated for May 1 in Ukraine, government “security services” yesterday broke into Communist Party buildings in that country, according to press releases sent out of the country by the government. left. The party’s statement indicates that government security forces acted on the basis of information provided by Svoboda (Freedom).
Svoboda, which is linked to the Nationalist Social Party of Ukraine, a well-known pro-Nazi party, claimed that the Communists were carrying out illegal activities, including distributing postcards to celebrate the Allied victory of May 9, 1945 over fascism and illegal planning pro-worker protests on May 1 next week. Although these activities have indeed been declared illegal by the Ukrainian government, the use of fascist symbols and flags, fascist marches and the construction of memorials in honor of the Nazis are now fully legal in this country.
The current Kiev government came to power in a coup that overthrew Viktor Yanukovych, the country’s democratically elected president, and then slaughtered thousands of ethnic Russians who resisted the new fascist government.
According to the Communists, the government declared illegal leaflets seized yesterday which read: âLong live May 1 – the day of solidarity with the workers. Incredibly, Ukraine is now one of the very few countries where the May Day celebration has been banned. It is currently celebrated in at least 142 countries, the Ukrainian Communist Party notes in its statement on yesterday’s raid.
Other seized leaflets read: “We demand peace, jobs and wages!” The government said the leaflets were seized because they endangered Ukraine’s âsovereigntyâ. “These guardians of the regime apparently confused the interests of the state with the interests of the oligarchs,” the communist statement read.
The party appealed to United Nations Human Rights Council for action against the violation by the government of its rights.
The Kiev government has a long and questionable record in the area of ââhuman rights, a record ignored by much of the US media which portrays the Ukrainian government as a bastion of freedom fighting against Russian “invaders”.
The celebrations of the anniversaries of progressive victories have always been a sensitive point for Ukrainian fascists. When the 70e The anniversary of the end of the Holocaust was celebrated three years ago, for example, the Kiev parliament officially recognized political groups that had collaborated with the Nazis to murder Jews. Among those recognized as legal groups was the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, a far-right anti-Semitic group that had openly worked with the Nazis.
In just a few months in 2015, there were at least ten mysterious deaths of opposition figures, with the government claiming they were suicides. One of those killed was Oleg Kalishnikov, a leader of the opposition Regions Party, who was gunned down in his own home after campaigning for the right of Ukrainians to celebrate Allied victory in World War II.
His death and the murder of many opposition journalists have been largely ignored in Western media.
These included the murder of Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzna, a critic of the Kiev fascists, who had protested against the censorship that Ukraine has imposed on the media that do not convey the government’s position on the issues. Dissident journalist Seriy Sukhobok was also assassinated. After her death, it was reported that her attackers had been found, but later the government changed her story and said they had not been found.
The US State Department, both during the Obama years and now under Trump, has pushed the narrative that the Ukrainian government has launched democratic reforms. Although there is little evidence of such reforms, the government has been busy, however, reducing pensions for the elderly, raising fuel prices, and implementing the International Monetary Fund’s austerity demands by exchange of bailout of Ukrainian banks by this fund.
Nazism has a long history in western Ukraine since WWII, especially in cities like Lviv which has a well-maintained cemetery for veterans of the Galician SS, the Ukrainian chapter of the Nazi SS.
The “mass” protests against the last legally elected president, Yanukovych, included brigades of 100 neo-Nazi militias brought by bus to Kiev. After the coup, Anriy Parubiy, a leader of Svoboda who was a fascist commander of the so-called “defense forces” of the protesters in Kiev, was elevated to the post of director of national security. He led government expeditions to eastern Ukraine to fight ethnic Russians resisting the coup. Thousands of pro-fascist fighters marched through ethnic Russian villages in eastern Ukraine under banners bearing swastikas and other fascist symbols.
The London Telegraph, generally right-wing, deviated from the type of reporting at the time generally seen in the United States when its correspondent, Tom Partif, wrote in an article: “Kiev’s use of volunteer paramilitaries to eradicate the Russian-backed ‘people’s republics’ of Donetsk and Luhansk should make Europe’s back shiver … overtly white supremacists or anti-Semites.”
In interviews with the Telegraph, the fighters denied the Holocaust, expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler, and said they were in fact Nazis.