Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ukraine communists ‘face to face with 21st century fascism’ by Victor Shapinov - Interviewed by Greg Butterfield

Democracy and Class Struggle publishes this interview has we have great respect for the articles on the Ukraine from Comrade Victor Shapinov of Borotba..

Here are some of his previous articles published on Democracy and Class Struggle for those interested in struggle in Ukraine






Simferopol, Crimea — On Sept. 22, Workers World conducted an extensive interview with Victor Shapinov, a coordinator and leading theoretician of the Marxist organization Union Borotba (Struggle) of Ukraine.

Shapinov currently lives in exile with other Borotba activists in Crimea, under threat of arrest from the U.S.-backed coup regime in Kiev.

Additional installments of the interview will appear in coming weeks.

Workers World: What is the role of U.S. imperialism in Ukraine today?

Victor Shapinov: It is very significant now, and Maidan showed that. [Maidan is the pro-imperialist movement which took its name from the central square of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, where it held protests in late 2013 and early 2014. The backbone of this movement, which received extensive funding and political support from the U.S. government, were neo-Nazi gangs and political parties. — WW]

[Maidan culminated in the overthrow of the elected government of President Victor Yanukovich in February. It brought to power an alliance of wealthy oligarchs, neoliberal politicians and fascists that have carried out a brutal war against the working class, primarily Russian-speaking population of the Donbass region and anti-fascists throughout Ukraine.]

Before Maidan, we didn’t believe that the U.S. role was so important in countries like Ukraine. We sometimes laughed at conspiracy theorists who said that everything was produced by the U.S. State Department, the CIA and so on.

Of course that’s not true, because its real basis is the capitalist crisis. Ukraine was just the weakest link in the chain of post-Soviet countries. There are many contradictions. Different imperialist forces and even nonimperialist forces, try to take advantage of this situation to achieve their goals. However, U.S. imperialism has the best instruments in this field.

For instance, in Ukrainian politics, U.S. imperialism is not limited to direct agents who are active in politics and who hold pro-Western positions. Around the edges, they have a field of friendship and alliances with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and human rights organizations. They do not always directly support U.S. imperialism. But in critical moments — for example, when Maidan started — in that situation, they had a command to go there and so they went.

We went to investigate Maidan at the beginning [in November 2013]. We saw only about 1,000 people, and many were from NGOs, human rights organizations and so on. We recognized many of them and some we knew personally, because when you are active in politics you get to know them.
From the point of view of political and financial mechanics, Ukraine is totally integrated into the system led by the United States. Ukrainian oligarchs all have their money, their bank accounts, in Europe and the U.S. They are closely linked with imperialist capital.

We also had political consultants such as Paul Manafort [U.S. lobbyist and campaign advisor to several Republican presidents]. He was a confidant of former President Yanukovich. But all Ukrainian politicians sought his advice. It was very good practice for them to go and ask him how to do everything. It was one of the ways for Washington to influence events. It was not overt; it was communication from Ukrainian politicians to some forces in the U.S. about how to do things in Ukrainian politics.

Another of these mechanisms is credit from the International Monetary Fund. All previous Ukrainian governments [since the breakup of the USSR in 1991] were dependent on IMF credits. The amount owed is always increasing, allowing the West to set conditions; for example, to destroy the social-care system or to raise prices of gas for the population.

WW: What is your view of the current ceasefire agreement negotiated in Minsk? [The Minsk accords were negotiated at the initiative of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (representing the European Union) and the Russian Federation. The agreement, signed on Sept. 5, was supposed to end the civil war between Ukraine and the newly independent Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in the southeast Donbass mining region. On September 16, the Ukrainian parliament passed a law granting “certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk” special status for three years.]

VS: There is no real ceasefire. Ukrainian military attacks have not stopped for even one day.
After the treaty in Minsk, we saw the most cruel artillery attack ever on the city of Donetsk, even more than in the heaviest days of the war. We believe there is some under-the-table negotiation between U.S. imperialism, the European Union and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin over how to slow the situation to something acceptable for everybody.

The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics are just pawns in this big game. It’s a pity but it’s true. The People’s Republics have to sign these treaties because now they cannot survive without humanitarian aid from Russia.

We think that’s the reason [former Donetsk Defense Minister and militia leader Igor] Strelkov was removed was because he was hardline in this conflict. Now we see that most military commanders don’t support the agreement. Before Minsk, the people’s militia was advancing, the Ukrainian army was depressed and close to defeat at some points.

One reason the militias don’t support this peace treaty is that there is only a small piece of land in this configuration. In this way the People’s Republics, or Novorossia, will not survive or will be completely dependent on Russia. They want to make a real state that can be independent. Of course, they want friendly relations with Russia, but it would not be a puppet.

Also — and we are exercising what influence we have on this point — it is not only about the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. It’s a question for at least a fifth of Ukraine, or maybe for all of it.
We don’t think Ukraine, even the northwest parts, should have to be under the power of the oligarchs, nationalists and fascists. People should not have to live under this regime, even if it has some mass support right now. We think it is very bad for all Ukraine. It destroys the economic well-being of the people in the West and in Kiev also.

WW: How is Borotba raising the question of autonomy and self-determination for other regions of Ukraine, such as Odessa, where neo-Nazis massacred 48 activists on May 2?

VS: After the Maidan coup, Borotba was very active in building the resistance movement in southeastern cities such as Kharkov and Odessa.

Now, from exile in Crimea, we have helped to establish a Committee for the Liberation of Odessa, which consists of some members of the Odessa regional parliament, city council members, and civil and political activists. We’ve made a demand for the Ukraine government to expand the treaty with Lugansk and Donetsk, to grant self-government and other things like their own municipal militias so the people’s militia can transform into it and have some legal rights to retain their arms, for example. Also the right of residents to education in their native languages.

We think this can be a first step to stop the civil war, which continues not only in Donbass, but in Odessa and Kharkov, not as an armed struggle, but as partisan actions and civil protests which are repressed. But still, people are going out and making demands. There is always far-right terror against activists. Many are political prisoners, some of them were beaten or killed by neo-Nazis, and others had to leave like our members, who left Ukraine and now live in Crimea.

One of the first steps toward stopping the civil war can be extending the special status for Donetsk and Lugansk to all the territories of the southeast. We will try to hold a demonstration in Odessa soon to support this demand. The ultranationalist forces are already very angry about this demand because, from our side, it is a constructive step. They can’t just say, “They are terrorists. They are separatists.”
We say, “Okay, you have passed this law on special status, so we want to use it for our regions too.” Because now these regions are directly ruled by people who were appointed from Kiev and have no roots in these regions. They utilize nationalist paramilitary gangs, who in critical situations, can defend them. So it is an occupation regime. This special status would be a first step toward some form of self-government.

But it’s only a tactical thing because as we said from the first day of this civil war, the only way to make peace is to defeat the Kiev junta. The class and social nature of the junta is to wage war against all people and groups. It is the only way for them to hold their power. That’s why we don’t believe these tactical measures, like a ceasefire or even the spreading of the special status regime to the southeast, will be a solution for Ukraine.

The forces awakened by Maidan are very destructive and dangerous for all society. We are face to face with the fascism of the 21st century. It is not because they have portraits of [Ukrainian Nazi collaborator] Stepan Bandera or because they say “Ukraine über alles” like clones of Nazi Germany. The nature of fascism is that this is direct state power of big capital that uses some mass support from the middle class and other groups to destroy any political opposition with violence. This is the essence of fascism.

They say “We are democrats, we are liberals.” But they built this political structure. Now, if you conduct opposition politics in Ukraine, they will use violence against you. It can be police violence to accuse you as a separatist or terrorist; or if they cannot use police or the Security Service of Ukraine, they use the neo-Nazi gangs that can just kill you or beat you or terrorize your family and force you to leave the city.

Part 2: The left in Ukraine and the origins of Borotba

Source : http://www.workers.org

By Greg Butterfield on October 21, 2014


KURDISH NATIONAL CONGRESS URGENT CALL FOR ACTION – Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity!

ISIS launched a major multi-front military campaign against the Kurdish region of Kobanê in northern Syria. This is the third ISIS onslaught on Kobanê since March 2014.
As the ISIS was unsuccessful on the two previous occasions, they are attacking with larger forces and want to take Kobanê.
In January this year, the Kurds in western Kurdistan (Rojava) established local administrations in the form of three cantons. One of the three cantons formed is Kobanê. The Turkish border is to the north of Kobanê and all the other sides are surrounded by ISIS-controlled territories.
The ISIS has approached the Kobanê borders, using US made heavy weapons. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are threatened by the most brutal genocide in modern history. The people of Kobanê are trying to resist using basic weapons against the most brutal attacks of ISIS terrorists, with only the assistance of People’s Protection Unit in Western-Kurdistan, the YPG and YPJ, but without any international help.
Therefore a Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity is vital.

The so-called international coalition to fight the ISIS, have not helped Kurdish resistance effectively despite witnessing the ongoing genocide committed against Kobanê. They have not fulfilled their real international legal obligations.
Some of the countries in the coalition, especially Turkey, are among financial and military supporters of the ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
Therefore a Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity is vital.

If the world wants democracy in the Middle East, it should support the Kurdish resistance in Kobanê. Democratic autonomy in Rojava promises a free future for all peoples in Syria. In this regard, the “Rojava Model” – the secular, non-sectarian, democratic position in Rojava is the model which practices unity in diversity.
Act Now

It is high time to give the global players the reason to believe otherwise.
We encourage people all over the world to show their solidarity with Kobanê.
Go to the streets and demonstrate.
We urge you to join the Global Rally for Kobanê
Support the Resistance against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity!


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Kobane : Kurdish female fighters ready to send ISIS to Hell plus Turkish Government duplicity


Democracy and Class Struggle  says the battle for Kobane Continues .

Turkish duplicity on the border to prevent Kurds in Turkey supporting comrades in Kobane.

Evidence, the tear gassing of the BBC Reporters in the border area has Turkey clears the area of Turkish Kurdish supporters of their brothers and sisters in Kobane..

The Turkish army is clearing the border area of supporters of Kurds in Kobane - more duplicity by Turkish Government.

The Turkish Government on Monday allowed transit of Iraqi Peshmerga but not Turkish Kurdish support for Kobane.

For the political leadership in Kobane, the arrival of Kurdish fighters from Iraq may be seen as a bit of a mixed blessing.

The Peshmerga represent a rival political organisation. and Massoud Barzani's KDP is not a natural ally of the PYD.

Interviewed by the BBC, Kobane's "Defence Minister", Ismet Hesen, indicated the move had been made without his approval.

Bloc Rouge (Unification of Maoists), France : Speech at ICSPWI on 10th Anniversary of Communist Party of India (Maoist)

Bloc Rouge (Unification of Maoists), France
We would greet of this new international conference to support the people's war in India. The organization of a true front of solidarity with the Indian Maoist movement is a priority from the point of view of proletarian internationalism.
For over 40 years, Indian Maoists have been carrying out the people's war against the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system in India.

With the poor and landless peasants, Adivasi (tribal people), Dalits (untouchable), women, workers, in short, with any and all exploited and oppressed people in the country, Maoists develop the struggle against the capitalist-imperialist system. By establishing People’s Governments, they ensure that the masses stand up and take their own future in their hands.
The 1st of May this year was a great day. On this day the merger the CPI (Maoist) and CPI (ML) Naxalbari culminated. This change brings many great new prospects for the development of people's war in India.
We will salute the 10th anniversary of the formation of the CPI (Maoist). Indian Maoist movement is one of the spearheads of the world revolution. That People's War is a hope not only for the masses in India, but also for workers all around the world, who see the possibility of reconstructing a genuine socialist country internationally.

The CPI (Maoist) and the People's War in India show us the path of revolution. Indeed, the theory of people's war is not, as someone thinks, a Chinese application of the path of revolution or a mere military strategy in semi-feudal and semi-colonial countries. The People's War is a universal principle of Maoism, applicable everywhere, even in the imperialist countries as France. Leading the people's war in India, the CPI (Maoist) paves the road to the revolutionaries worldwide.
For us, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the formation of the CPI (Maoist) is not just a matter of principle, but a commitment of solidarity.
Today more than ever we have to revive proletarian internationalism and support people's war in India. It means to to inform working class in France about the development of the revolution in India and also to attack the heart of our own imperialism with any necessary mean. We have realized many solidarity actions. We held several public meetings in different cities of France and a concert. We supported the Indian prisoners on the International Day in support of political prisoners. Many pamphlets were distributed in the poor neighborhoods of different cities and various actions were realized, such as a paint attack on the headquarters of the Michelin, to protest against the opening of factories in the lands of the Indian peasants.
Moreover, the international support to the people's war in India is considered a threat by the Indian State, that after the International Conference in Hamburg urged the governments of different countries in Europe to stop it. Now we know that the Government of India tries to attack directly the movement of solidarity with the people's war in India in European countries both through diplomatic channels and the secret services.
While the Indian bourgeoisie can rely on the support of imperialist powers in Europe, the Indian Maoists are not alone. They can rely on the support of genuine revolutionary parties and organizations and, more importantly, of the broad masses. It is in this spirit that we are committed to further support the Indian revolution. In doing this, above all, we take up the tasks pending on the Maoist movement in France, that is, essentially, to achieve the unification of the Maoists in a qualitatively and quantitatively higher party.
It also means to strengthen our solidarity with the Maoist movement in India. It is in this sense that we are carrying out the campaign of solidarity with the people's war in India as one of the main axes of our work at the moment and we will significantly intensify our campaign of actions and information, propaganda, to achieve the emergence among our people of a broad support with the just struggle of the CPI (Maoist) through the People's War.

Down with the French Imperialism!
Stop Operation Green Hunt !
Glory to the 10th Anniversary CPI (Maoist) !
Long live the People’s War in India!

Bloc Rouge (Unification of Maoists)

Message from the Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan : To the International Meeting in Support of the People's War in India

Message from the Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan

To the International Meeting in Support of the People's War in India and the
International Celebration of the tenth Anniversary of the Establishment of
the Communist Party of India (Maoist)!

Due the wide-ranging engagements in party and revolutionary struggles within
Afghanistan we are unable to send a delegate to participate in the meeting.
We hope you would accept our apology in this matter. We hope that a
successful meeting would be held and would produce positive results.

The efforts of the International Committee in Support of the people's war in
India, in holding such international gatherings, are truly commendable.

Over the past one year, we have worked to solve the problems of our supporters in
different European countries, so they can seriously take part in all the
revolutionary struggles there, including in participating in the
International Committee in Support of the People's war in India.

We hope we would soon be able to establish permanent and direct relations with the

The people's war in India is a strong source of inspiration for all
revolutionaries around the world. Thus, for establishing permanent and
durable relationship with the ICSPWI, we would strive to establish a
committee in support of people's war in India in our part of the world.

With Revolutionary Greetings!

Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Women Comrades take major Leadership Positions in Communist Party of India (Maoist)

Democracy and Class Struggle cannot verify the information in this report from the Asian Age but we believe it is broadly correct if not in all details.

The CPI (Maoist) leadership has of late effected a radical structural change in the outfit by drafting more and more women cadre in combat roles besides ensuring their fast rise in the rebel hierarchy, intelligence sources said on Monday.

The sea change in the organisational structure has been brought on strategic point of view to transform it from a male-dominated outfit to women-centric one, a senior police officer quoting intelligence reports told this newspaper here. “In 2008, Maoists’ top hierarchy comprised barely 25 per cent women. The women representation in Maoist top hierarchy has now grown by leap and bounds to a staggering 60 per cent.

This clearly indicates that the CPI (Maoist) is heading towards a women-dominated radical force in coming days”, the police officer said requesting anonymity.

Intelligence reports have revealed that the trend of male Maoists leading combat units has been reversed of late with women leaders currently heading several platoons and companies of People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) as wells as many area committees and divisional committees of CPI (Maoist).

The recent appointments Sujata as head of Dandakaranya state military committee, Niti as head of South Bastar divisional committee and Madhavi as West Bastar divisional committee are a case in point.

“Earlier, women cadres’ roles used to be confined to assist their male counterparts in their respective units. Now, the female cadres have been drafted in combat roles.

 Last year’s Naxal ambush on Congress convoy at Jiram Ghati in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district in which 27 Congressmen were killed was a testimony to it. Women rebels were found to have been outnumbered male rebels in the combat group”, he added.

Women cadres have also been given significant places in lower rung positions.

Red Salute for Kurdish heroine Rehana - Remembering Miss Pavlichenko Soviet Heroine - Women hold up half the Sky - Chairman Mao Zedong

FOR MORE ABOUT MISS PAVLICHENKO VISIT HERE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyudmila_Pavlichenko

A Kurdish female fighter has been hailed on social media for allegedly killing over 100 Isis (Islamic State) militants single-handed in the battle for Kobani.

The fighter, known only as Rehana, was named in a tweet which has already been shared thousands of times since it was initially sent on 13 October.

                                                                Comrade Rehana

However some sources are reporting that Rehana has been killed by Isis, with one graphic picture purportedly showing her beheading.

Neither the news of Rehana's death, nor the number of people she has killed, can be independently verified.

Several Kurdish women have been lionised for the bravery and determination they have shown in attacking Isis.

The women belong to the Yekineyen Parastina Jin, or Women Protection Units (YPJ). The female contingent earned international renowned after one of its fighters blew herself up in Kobani killing several Islamic State (also known as Isis) militants.

Dilar Gencxemis, known by her nom de guerre Arin Mirkan, was a 20-year-old mother of two who detonated herself as she ran towards Isis fighters, killing as many as 23 of them.

Kurdish resistance is increasingly relying on its female fighters to save the town on what appears as a desperate fight for survival. According to various estimates, female fighters make up between 7,000 and 10,000 of the Kurdish forces fighting in Syria.

The YPJ is an all-female, independent militia which at the frontline embrace arms along with their male "comrades" of the People's Protection Units.

Linked to the Marxist-inspired Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an outlawed organisation blacklisted in the US and the EU who fought the Turkish army for 30 years, the YPG is desperately outnumbered and outgunned by Isis, which boasts an arsenal of US weapons looted from the Iraqi army in Mosul.

                                                             Comrade Pavlichenko

See Also: http://democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/kurdish-woman-fighters-set-heroic.html

Ukraine : Ashes of Odessa knocking at our hearts. Interview with Alex Albu

One of the leaders of the protest movement in Odessa - Odessa Regional Council deputy, a member of the socialist union "Borotba" Alex Albu - miraculously escaped from the massacre at the House of Trade Unions and was forced to flee from his native city


- Alex, tell me, what is your relation to the Odessa enemies Maidan?

- When did Kiev Sabbath, my colleagues and I, leftist, took a clear position opposing the coup.

We see who comes to replace the old regime, they saw that instead of bourgeois democracy can come fascist dictatorship, what actually happened.

Despite the fact that we ourselves had opposed the regime of Yanukovych, we realized that we are going to replace him even more reactionary forces.

We participated in the defense of the regional state administration in January-February, became friends with many inhabitants of Odessa, which are generally not included in any political or social organizations.

Since infancy Odessa Antimaydan. After 22 February, when Yanukovych lost power, thousands took to the streets of Odessa residents.

Anton Davidchenko actually became the informal leader of this movement, gathered in huge colonies, about 15 thousand people who marched in Odessa. People felt their strength, believe that it is possible to resist Kiev.

However, not everything went smoothly with the organizational moments inside antimaydanovskogo movement. It consisted of a large number of small scattered groups and organizations, there was no single decision-making center, which is very complicated our actions.

I believe that this was the reason for our defeat. It often happened that we came to the next action, and only learned about the location of significant adjustments in its implementation.

 This disorganization auknulos us the second of May, and in the center of Odessa, and on the Kulikovo field.

- In late February uprising began in the Crimea, have you seen the situation on the peninsula?

Of course, we have seen that are different civil structures, such as self-defense. About the same processes occurred in Odessa, but probably at a lower level.

Among people view was that Russia will not allow us to insult, to help us as well as the residents of the Crimea. But there was no help, and many people refrain from decisive steps.

A few days after the Crimea raised the Russian flag, we held session of the regional council. I was the only MP who has made a proposal to hold a referendum on the establishment of the Odessa autonomous republic within Ukraine.

At that time, we have not talked about withdrawal from the Ukraine, demanding the empowerment of local communities, the election of the governor not to report directly to the proteges of Kiev.

Talked about resubordination regional offices, ie the executive branch to the Council, on the election of the heads of regional departments, law enforcement agencies.

However, this proposal is not supported by our members, which led to the storming of the Odessa Regional State Administration. People entered the building, blocked it to MPs still voted for the draft decision, but they ran away, and take nothing failed.

- Then to withdraw from the Ukraine is not really in question, or it was your political tricks?

- Of course, in Odessa were the forces that directly talked about withdrawal from the Ukraine, but the vast majority stuck to the idea of ​​the federal structure of the country without the direct subordination of Kiev.

When we saw that in the Crimea still managed to hold a referendum on the initiative of Anton Davidchenko we passed huge march in support of Crimeans and my draft decision to hold a referendum in the Odessa region.

Kiev authorities immediately responded by going on a more drastic measures Davidchenko caught and arrested.

In this case I was called to the SBU, conducted interviews and organized a search of the house.

Assessing the situation now, I think that then, in March and April, we had a real opportunity to take power into their own hands.

But we missed your chance ... probably say lack of experience, incorrect assessment of the situation, the lack of a clear plan of action and a lack of understanding, is it possible to wait for someone's help or not. And, of course, the almost complete lack of resources.

 Were there any negotiations with the local political and financial elite support for the protest movement?

There were, but I did not participate. By the way, on the eve of the second of May of organizations have withdrawn their tents with Kulikov field camp and moved almost out of town.

That is, someone had some kind of an agreement, but some are not.

The tip of the authorities did not dare to repeat the actions of their Crimean colleagues and take the side of the people.

On May you too have been in the House of Trade Unions, tell us about your impressions?

I came to the Kulikovo Field an hour before the attack.

There were about two hundred people, among them - full of people of the older generation.

Nobody knew what to do, was a mess. After some time with the Greek streets back a small group of about thirty people, and there was our friend Andrew Brazhevsky later fell out the window of a burning house unions and scored the punitive death, then we have seen him for the last time.

When were the attackers, "kulikovtsy" decided to take refuge in the building. After the second day of May evil tongues began to disseminate what I wound up people inside the House of Trade Unions and, accordingly, is to blame for their death.

This is a total lie. I went into the building of one of the last, when the attackers started shooting.

Inside, people built a barricade of furniture. Nobody expected that the massacre begins.

Thought would be a fight, Mayhem or something like that, but the mass burning, shooting ... Inside the House of Trade Unions "kulikovtsev" killed with a firearm.

- And what's the story with the gas?

 There was definitely some kind of gas, but I'm not inclined to believe that it was some kind of a secret weapon, it was more like a very concentrated tear gas, similar to that used in the cartridges "Teren", only much stronger - very pungent and suffocating./

On one of the videos can be clearly seen and heard as one of the supporters of the Maidan shouting outside one of the entrances to warn their colleagues that the gas inside, and so far to go there not worth it.

I was just on this entrance on the second floor and felt a suffocating odor.

There's also the last time I saw seventeen Komsomolets Papuru Vadim, who was killed after he came down from the second floor. There are photos, as it is selected from the building, and then - his dead, with blood on his face. He, too, finished off the Nazis on the ground, he did not crash, as officials say
I saw through the window that the guard opened the door into the courtyard and there maydanovtsev missed. The boys began to throw them all that came to hand, to prevent to get inside. Many were confused, maydanovtsy climbed into the building from all sides.

Already started the blaze in the hose was no water, the smoke went. The first idea I came up that burns not the building itself, and our tent camp street, but I rejected it, because they were pretty far away.

Most likely, it was the smoke bombs. From the first floor someone shouted that maydanovtsy already made their way into the building, started to panic.

Many ran upstairs. Thank God, I have been previously in the House of Trade Unions and some knew him corridors. Immediately realized that the roof - a dead end, if there is a large fire, it is unlikely there will get.

I called out those who were close to me, and we ran to the right wing, going down the stairs, they saw that the door leading to the courtyard, almost knocked nationalists. We began to retreat to the second floor, encountering along the way a few of ours.

Among them with his sister was a blind old man, a teacher of the Odessa Polytechnic Institute, which has always supported our meetings.

Thank God, they also managed to escape. I am at the moment to call a cell chief of the regional police department Lutsyuk Peter and asked them to help lift people out of the burning trap.

Alas, nothing happened. Perhaps he did not hear what I told him ...

How did you get?

We were approached by some fascists, the guys who stood beside me, they scared off, doused with foam from a fire extinguisher.

They hid behind the stairs and began to threaten us and our people, meanwhile, climbed out through the window.

I tried to swing, to distract the Nazis to win a little time for the children.

When there were three or four people, no longer wait for their turn on the ladder, just climbed out of the window for air conditioners and jumped into the yard.

We were immediately surrounded by the Nazis, but in fairness it must be said that one of their captains tried to calm the crowd.

We have built and led out into the street from the courtyard. Conducted through the corridor police, who constantly broke through maydanovtsy and bashed us than whatever is handy: chains, pipes, fittings, rods, some barbed wire.

Trying to hide, I fell at his feet and began to wade policemen crawling. Someone from the crowd jumped on me and sank his teeth into my left leg (pointing to a calf muscle - Ed.).

As I understand it, most of the attackers were not local, though Odessites there, unfortunately, is also missing. Thanks to law enforcement agencies, which have covered my head shields, when we were waiting paddy wagon, so the attackers beat me more in the legs and torso. This was followed by the police, "fast", the hospital ...

A week after the tragedy in the House of Trade Unions I had to leave Odessa because it became known that a decision about my arrest.

The ninth of May, I and a group of my friends have already met in the Crimea. This beautiful parade, happy faces free men, patriotic songs ... Complex feelings you experience with this contrast. Last days in Odessa were unbearable.

Call different figures about the real number of dead, what do you say about this?

I'm sure a lot more dead declared number.

The mother of one of my dead comrades told me that in the morgue for identification she showed more than sixty bodies.

Moreover, I am absolutely sure that, despite all the excuses of Kiev, the wounded on the field of Kulikovo cruelly and cynically finished off.

We are trying to conduct their independent investigation, but due to the fact that the Security Service and the Interior completely secretive about it, we work with what is in the public domain and catch the "leak".

All parliamentary inquiries in the case of the second of May has been no response.

This again suggests the idea that the massacre in Odessa was organized with the help of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies and their senior management.

Is it true that "kulikovtsev 'hunted after the second day of May?

We can recall the famous audio of Kolomoiskiy people who said that due to his fault after the House of Trade Unions has killed sixteen people. I do not know.

And appeared opposite information that in late May, near the village of Petroleum (housing estate in Odessa - approx. Eds.)

Was found dead of a man with a sign taped "Fascism will not pass." Note that in the press such information is completely absent!

- Why are all the same Odessa did not protect its citizens, you have the answer?

All antimaydannoe movement in Odessa was grassroots, none of the local elite and did not support it, rather, the opposite has happened.

Those who could lead our protest - the Communist Party and the Party of Regions -fully drained him and stepped back.

There was no system support, while maydanovtsev had very serious financial and organizational resources, so was what happened.

However, I firmly believe that the potential of Odessa is, despite the fact that today no one openly opposes the government. But their beliefs Odessa did not change.

Tell us about your arrest close ally Wladyslaw Wojciechowski, how did this happen?

Vladislav - my old friend, went with me all the latest test.

He is one of the editors of the site «2may.org», which publishes a variety of information related to the tragedy of the second of May, is actively engaged in the investigation of this case.

In August, he decided to return to Odessa, wanted to see his family. In the night from 12 to 13 September, he was arrested along with another our friend Nikolai Popov. Vladislav accused of forming a terrorist group and preparing a terrorist attack, he faces eight to fifteen years.

We try to help our friends, to organize an international solidarity campaign to tell the same Europe with the help of our colleagues in the left movement of the repression taking place in Ukraine. I think by Vladislav were tortured because he signed off on the charges that sane no innocent person does not recognize.

The lawyer saw in jail, on the walls in pre-trial detention, where sat our comrades, traces of blood. There is every reason to believe that they were beaten.

What are your future plans?

We hope that the current regime in Kiev will not last long and all the guys who have sacrificed their freedom for the sake of the victory of our general idea of ​​the country's liberation from fascism, will be free.

It depends on many factors, but ... Look, Kiev junta can not cope with the host of the Donbas.

In the militia is fighting a lot of citizens of Odessa, and we understand that they will be home soon.

All these parades vyshivanok in Odessa, which turns the Ukrainian TV, trash lustration and other circus - is only a screen, giving the appearance.

In fact, in Odessa occur completely different processes.

 As soon as there will be a structure capable of organizing a protest, he breaks out is so powerful that the Nazis are unlikely to cope with it.

In a society matures explosion that will sweep away the henchmen of the junta and their cronies.

SOURCE: http://borotba.su/pepel_odessy_stuchitsya_v_nashi_serdca.html

Speech of the Maoist Communist Party - Italy at International Campaign to Support People's War in India Meeting

Honour to the martyrs of the revolution in India!

Support the People's War in India!


It is with joy, enthusiasm and excitement that we hail the 10th anniversary
of the CPI (M).

The formation of this party was a powerful strengthening for the
international communist movement and a great assertion that it is the
people's war that unites communists and forge genuine Maoist Communist

An example from which we draw lessons, inspiration, but mainly a great
confidence and an ideological strength for the proletarians and the advanced
masses in our country.

The formation of this party and its 10 years long history met and meet the
aspirations and desires of the working class, the peasantry and the
oppressed broad masses of India to have a genuine proletarian party that
leads them toward a revolutionary change and the building of New Democratic
society, marching to socialism and communism.

The flames blazing in South Asia makes India a potential new China, that of
time of revolution. This represents revolution a huge event in the context
of the balance of power in the world between imperialism and struggles of
the oppressed peoples and between revolution and counter-revolution, an
event that confirms that the main contradiction is that between imperialism
and oppressed countries and nations, and that the revolution is the main

The great decision to found this party has also pointed out a method to
build unity, as shown by the new and important stage of unity of the Indian
communist movement represented by the merger of CPI(ML) Naxalbari and CPI

At the time of its formation, the CPI (M) wrote in his statement:

"The new Communist Party of India (Maoist) will continue to act as a
consolidated political vanguard of the Indian proletariat.

Marxism-Leninism-Maoism will be the ideological basis guiding its thinking
in all the spheres of its activities. It will continue its struggle against
right and left deviations, particularly against revisionism, by taking this
as the main danger for the communist movement as a whole. It will still seek
to unite all genuine Maoist groups that remain outside this unified Party."

10 years later, this promise has been met and, therefore, it is a proofed
Maoist road and line to draw from, in every country where Maoists need to be
united in a vanguard communist party.

But it is also an indication for the ICM, in the process to reconstitute an
international organization after the collapse of the RIM.

Marxism-Leninism- Maoism, People's War, unity of the MLM Communists. Our
party is openly committed with this path, it has been working for this
during the past years and is united with the CPI(Maoist) in the construction
of this process.

The merger of CPI(M-L) Naxalbari brings better conditions
for the advance of this process of unity, which all the genuine MLM parties
and organizations must look at and draw lessons from, and, consequently,
take side.

The unity of MLM parties and organizations is a crucial element to develop
support to the People's War in India internationally.

That is why our party provides its full support to the line and action of
the International Committee to Support People's War in India and calls
everyone to consolidate this unity and to fight the false internationalism,
that with "leftist" words advocates a rightist practice and does not
understand the strategic importance of the support to People's war and the
International Committee itself.

India enters overbearingly the world scene of imperialism with its MNCs,
that play an active role in this system, the same active role that the
Modi's new fascist Hindu regime wants to play.

Even in our country, the tie between Indian MNCs and Italian masters is
being consolidated as a relationship of collusion, alliance - yet within the
contention and competition on the world market shaken by the economical and
financial crisis.

The case of the war industry, see Finmeccanica, the case of the steel industry,
see Arcelor-Mittal and Jindal, are showing that the Indian MNCs
become also an internal enemy for proletarians in Italy, and the
Italian MNCs fully participate in the super-exploitation of the proletarians
in India and the robbery on Indian people.

But it must be said that in this way the workers go trough the experience
that masters, from Italy to India, are united in seeking their profits on
the blood the workers and masses and that the proletarians are a single
class on international level and must strongly tighten their ties of
solidarity and struggle
And our party is committed to make this internationalist tie concrete.

This tie in the economic field is translated into a new political harmony
between the Modi's fascist government and the modern fascist-style Renzi's
government, that collects Berlusconi and all the Italian imperialist

These governments want to walk hand in hand and treat their relationship at
the light of this.

The Indian government has also asked our government, as all European
governments, to stop the activities in support to the people's war, that in
our country have a solid base in our party, in the International Committee
and its dozens and dozens of initiatives carried out in recent years among
workers, youth, women and genuine revolutionaries and democrats.
The Indian government sends back a marine who murdered Indian fishermen
while uses the most brutal repression on its own people. This is the second
reason to consider this collaboration as part a of the internal enemies in
the class struggle in Italy.

We are well aware that the best internationalist support is to make
proletarian and socialist revolution in our country and that the best
solidarity to the people's war is to begin people's war in our country.
For this we are working, amidst hurdles, advances and setbacks, for a very
difficult enterprise; and every time our party had the opportunity to talk
with Indian comrades, we found understanding of these difficulties and

But the beginning of people's wars depends essentially on the ideological,
political and organizational basis, and on this the contribution of the
Indian communist movement, as that of other parties of the ICM, is one of
the decisive factors.

We are exactly at this stage of ideological and political preparation, to
fulfill our duties as genuine internationalists.

Long live the 10th anniversary of the formation of CPI(M)!

Long live the unity of Maxist-Leninist-Maoist Parties!

Honour to the martyrs of the revolution in India!

Support the People's War in India!

Partito Comunista maoista - Italia
27 September 2014