This May 2, for the third year in a row, we will hold a vigil outside the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C. and will deliver a letter addressed to the Ukrainian government with the relatives’ demands. We invite you to join us, from noon to 1 p.m. outside the embassy at 3350 M St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007.
Then at 2 pm, Phil Wilayto of the Odessa Solidarity Campaign will speak at the Venezuelan Embassy about the Odessa massacre and the situation in Ukraine. The address is 1099 30th St., NW Washington, DC in Georgetown.
This May 2 will mark five years since a fascist-led mob murdered scores of progressive activists in Odessa, Ukraine, in what has been described as one of Europe’s worst cases of civil unrest in modern times. The massacre took place just months after a U.S.-backed coup put a right-wing government in power and emboldened paramilitary organizations inspired by the Ukrainian nationalists who sided with Nazi occupiers during World War II.
Even though many cellphone videos of the massacre clearly show the faces of the perpetrators of this crime, to date not one of the murderers has been brought to justice. That is why, in the face of government repression and fascist threats, the relatives of those who were killed continue to demand an international investigation to find those responsible. The relatives and their supporters regularly hold memorials at the scene of the massacre, with large gatherings taking place each May 2.
The USA-based Odessa Solidarity Campaign, in cooperation with European organizations, is calling for local actions to take place May 2 in cities around the world, to support the relatives’ demand for an international investigation and demand an end to the ongoing repression of the relatives and of journalists looking into the events of May 2, 2014.
1099 30th St NW
Washington, DC 20007