The power of silence is overwhelming.
This is the sound of guns falling silent on the Western front 1918.
On the 100th anniversary of the Peace after the First World War 11h of November, we call for action to stop the present escalation that is increasing the risk of a war in the world. We do this by calling for joint solidarity actions on May 2, 2019 in connection with the 5-year memory of the escalation of the Ukrainian conflict, the focal point of our day in a conflict between the West and the East.
May 2, 2014, a mob attacked a trade union house in Odessa, Ukraine. As a result, at least 42 people were killed among those who sought shelter in the building. The event became crucial for the escalation of the Ukrainian conflict.
We urge all those who want to stand up for solidarity and detente to sign our international call for action on May 2, 2019. Those who have been exposed to one of the most violent attacks on civilians in Europe outside war zones since World War II need our support. The silence about what happened in Odessa must be broken to take steps forward for peace.
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The international call:
A CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL ACTIONS ON THE 5th MEMORIAL DAY OF THE ATTACK ON THE HOUSE OF TRADE UNIONS IN ODESSA, UKRAINE
May 2, 2019, will mark five years since a right-wing mob attack on the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, Ukraine, a tragedy that resulted in the deaths of at least 42 people and more than 100 injured. Today there still is no justice in sight for the mourners of the victims.
Those deaths on May 2, 2014, came just months after the democratically elected president was forced out of office by politicians, mass protests and violent right-wing organizations. This resulted in growing tensions in Odessa over several weeks, which culminated with street clashes and the mob attack on the House of Trade Unions.
Many cellphone videos of the attack have been posted on the Internet, clearly showing people setting the union building on fire with Molotov cocktails. People can be seen jumping from the burning windows and dying when falling to the ground. People laying on the asphalt and those trying to escape were severely beaten with bats and other weapons. To date, not one of the perpetrators of these murderous actions has been brought to justice.
At the same time, survivors from the arson as well as several of their sympathizers were arrested and many of them are still in prison, many never having been charged with a crime. Family members, friends and supporters of the victims and survivors have repeatedly held memorials at the site of the killings, demanding an international investigation leading to prosecution of those responsible.
Each year on May 2, thousands of Odessans gather there, despite repeated threats by extreme right-wing organizations to attack the mourners. The organizations listed below call on all those who value justice to hold local events on May 2 in solidarity with the people of Odessa and in support of their demand for an international investigation.
We further call for an end to the harassment and legal repression of survivors of the May 2 tragedy, of their relatives and supporters, and of journalists attempting to investigate the situation.
This Call has been initiated by the Odessa Solidarity Campaign (USA) and Prague Spring 2 (Europe). It has been endorsed by the following organizations and individuals:
- Aktivister för fred (Activists for peace, Sweden)
- United National Antiwar Coalition (USA)
- Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality (USA)
- Phil Wilayto, Editor of The Virginia Defender newspaper; Richmond, USA
- Tord Björk, Prague Spring 2 Network against Right Wing Extremism and Populism; Kristianstad, Sweden
- Matyas Benyik, Chairman of ATTAC Hungary, President of MEBAL (Hungarian United Left Association); Budapest, Hungary
- Mikael Böök, peace activist; Lovisa, Finland
- Leo Gabriel, International Council of the World Social Forum; Vienna, Austria
- Igor Gotlib, social activist; Са́нкт-Петербу́рг/Saint Petersburg, Russia
- Divina Levrini, Artist and Ship to Gaza activist; Malmö/Malmoe, Sweden
- Adriana Matalonga, ECOMUNIDADES, Red Ecologista de la Cuenca de México, México
- Presley, peace activist; Copenhagen, Denmark
- Mirek Prokes, Defence for Children International/Czech section; Praha/Prague, Czechia
- Bo Sundbäck, Activists for Peace; Åmotfors, Sweden
- Marko Ulvila, Environmental activist; Tammerfors/Tampere, Finland
- Miguel Valencia, ECOMUNIDADES, Red Ecologista de la Cuenca de México, México
- Thomas Wallgren, professor of philosophy, Helsinki, Finland