Protestors in London this week called for the scrapping of Ukraine's new laws banning Communist "symbols and ideology" and honouring war-time, Nazi collaborators.

On Saturday 25 July protestors at the Embassy of the Ukraine in London’s Holland Park heard representatives of communist parties from Britain, Greece, Cyprus and Iraq demand the repeal of new laws aimed at banning the Communist Party of Ukraine.

On April 9, Ukraine’s new legislation banning ‘symbols and propaganda’ of Communism came into force. Monuments of Communist figures not already destroyed by fascist thugs in recent months are to be demolished. Cities and streets named after communists must be renamed.

The ban includes “production”, “circulation” or “public utilisation” of symbols such as the flag and anthem of the Soviet Union as well as monuments and historical plaques commemorating Communists from 1917 to 1991. Penalties for violating the law range from 5 to 10 years in prison.

Ukraine’s new laws require the renaming of “city districts, parks, boulevards, streets, alleys, driveways, avenues, squares, squares, embankments, bridges or other objects, place names of settlements whose names contain the communist totalitarian symbols”.

Condemnation of Nazism is a fig leave for Ukrainian president Poroschenko’s regime, which relies on neo-Nazi paramilitaries to retain power and recently passed a law “On Legal Status and to commemorate fighters for Ukraine’s independence in the twentieth century.”

The new law lists dozens of fascist organisations as ‘freedom fighters’, including Nazi collaborators such as the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army who massacred Jews, Poles and others during the Second World War. Their symbols are now widely used by far-right and paramilitary organisations which are now part of Ukraine’s state apparatus.

On 17 May 2015 Ukraine’s two new laws banning communist symbols and honouring Nazi collaborators came into effect.

Then on 24 July 2015 Ukrainian Justice Minister, Pavel Petrenko banned all communist parties from participating in elections.

  • upper-middle class teenage american:capitalism is scum. communism is the way to go! equality for everyone sounds really nice!
  • vietnamese-american:well, a communist system of government tried to kill my family, so i'm pretty opposed to it.
  • upper-middle class teenage american:yeah, but that wasn't real communism. real communism is really nice, because no one's ever hungry!
  • ukrainian:are you kidding me? is this a joke?
  • north korean:what
  • upper-middle class teenage american:with communism, everyone has a job!
  • 10 year old soviet child:well, they aren't lying. everybody has a job...collective farms are nice this time of year.
  • chinese citizen:*cries*
  • upper-middle class teenage american:capitalism is the worst system!
Ukraine, Donbass and the New Cold War: What's it mean for #BlackLivesMatter?
From a talk by Greg Butterfield at the Workers World Party forum in Los Angeles, July 23, 2015.

Many of you will remember an incident that happened one year ago here in Los Angeles. On July 1, 2014, a passing motorist captured on video the brutal beating of Marlene Purnoch, an African American grandmother, by white California Highway Patrolman Daniel Andrew. 

This horrendous incident came as no surprise to those who know the CHP’s notorious history of racism and brutality. But it may come as a surprise to Southern California residents to learn that two weeks ago, the governor of Odessa, Ukraine, announced that the CHP will be training police there as part of the regime’s effort to weed out “disloyal” elements.

This link between police brutality in Southern California and fascist terror in Odessa isn’t just an interesting factoid. For us, as anti-war organizers, as Black Lives Matter and immigrant rights activists, as internationalists and communists, our most important challenge in the coming weeks and months will be to find ways to create a bridge between the new, militant movements of the oppressed fighting U.S. state-sponsored terror at home, with the resistance movements fighting fascism and imperialism abroad, including Donetsk and Lugansk.


Stonewall Means Fight Back!

Don’t believe the hype!

U.S. imperialism tries to use Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer rights as a bludgeon against other countries.

But Stonewall was a rebellion of the most oppressed, people of color and working-class youth against police brutality, the racist, sexist capitalist state and the imperialist war in Vietnam.

That’s why communists celebrate Pride. That’s why LGBTQ workers are an essential part of the U.S. working class!

Leslie Feinberg interviews Sylvia Rivera: ‘I’m glad I was in the Stonewall riot’


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