First They Came For The Communists …..
Solidarity with Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine (SARU http://www.ukraineantifascistsolidarity.wordpress.com) has organised a public protest against Ukraine’s new laws to criminalise Communism and glorify Nazi collaborators for Saturday the 25th of July. The YCL as an affiliate and supporter of SARU urges people to support this important event. Stand up to support our sister Party in Ukraine and all Ukraine’s antifascists. Wear a red item of clothing or carry a red flag.
The Embassy of Ukraine
60 Holland Park,
London WS11 3SJ
Nearest Tube: Holland Park
Saturday 25 July 2015
11.30 – 13.00hrs
The first law “on the condemnation of the communist and Nazi totalitarian regimes” forbids both Soviet and Nazi symbols, making something as trivial as selling a USSR souvenir, or singing the Soviet national hymn or the Internationale, punishable by up to five years in prison for an individual and up to 10 years in prison for members of an organisation.
It also makes it a criminal offence to deny the “criminal character of the communist totalitarian regime of 1917-1991 in Ukraine” in the media or elsewhere.
The second law recognises controversial nationalist groups – including the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) – as “independence fighters” and makes it a criminal offence to question the legitimacy of their actions. While these two groups at different times fought both Soviet and German forces, they also collaborated with the Nazis and took part in ethnic cleansing. One of the authors of the law is the son of UPA leader Roman Shukhevych.