(filmed by Regis Tremblay)
“Many feared that there would be more violence in Odessa, Ukraine yesterday similar to what took well over 50 lives on May 2, 2014. But in fact the day was peaceful when up to 10,000 people gathered near the Trades Union Hall to place flowers and stand with the Mothers Committee in a make shift memorial. The public was blocked from having direct contact with the Trades Hall by huge numbers of local police, national security services and fully armed neo-Nazi Azov battalion members who have been incorporated into the newly formed ‘National Guard’ in Ukraine (equipped and trained by US Special Forces troops at a base in western Ukraine).” [snip]
“We next walked to the Trades Union Hall and as we approached I was overwhelmed by the huge numbers of people holding flowers heading toward the now sacred site. But we couldn’t actually get onto what is known as Kulikovo Square that fronts the Trades Hall. The entire area was sealed off and behind the plastic crime scene string of red tape were heavily armed Azov battalion members. The irony is that the neo-Nazis were now guarding the very grounds were those of their political ideology had committed the unpunished crimes of May 2, 2014. The people, including the mothers of the dead, were not allowed to lay their flowers at the scene of the crime.”
Author Bruce Gagnon described conducting interviews with a few of the thousands of people at the commemoration, one of whom, Alexander, spoke of three of his friends who’d died at the Trade Unions Hall that day, two who died from smoke inhalation, and one who’d jumped out a first-story window only to be bat-beaten to death by the same neo-Nazis who’d sealed the doors after hundreds of anti-Kiev, anti-Maidan protestors had fled from the barbarians into the building. While the Ukrainian government apparently still claims not to know how the fires inside the building started, there is ample video evidence that the neo-Nazis threw molotov cocktails through the windows. I’ve seen estimates of the dead at past 300, and many, many injured.
There were May 2 Odessa commemorations in a few other cities around the world as well. #Odessa may 2 on Twitter, including links to then live-footage, subsequent documentaries, photos, etc.
Gagnon, his friends, and others were taken to a hotel for lunch, and before they’d finished their meals, word came that they might be allowed close to the Trade Hall; they piled onto a bus, and as they entered Kulikovo Square, one of the mothers got off the bus, ran to the police lines and demanded they be allowed through the lines.
“At last the police agreed and as the bus approached the Square we saw out the right side windows a group of chanting Nazis who, when they realized who was on the bus, threw something that hit a window. Once we arrived at the Square and got off the bus we found another mass of people lined up and they created a path between them that the mothers passed thru with the international guests following closely behind.
As we passed thru this line I saw people weeping and they began chanting and we soon came upon a make shift alter full of flowers and candles. The now famous Trades Hall loomed in the near background. A banner was held up with the photos of those killed and various mothers were handed the microphone to share some words. One woman’s emotion struck me deeply and I recognized the words ‘fascist’ and at the end ‘nyet, nyet, nyet’. They released a bunch of white doves that flew towards the hall and then black balloons were set off into the clear blue sky.”
“Having spent the last two years following the illegal and immoral US-NATO war on the people in eastern Ukraine it has been an enormous honor to be here in Odessa. I will continue to do everything I can to help build resistance to what I consider to be the cynical creation of chaos inside Ukraine as a way to draw Russia into a war with the US and NATO. Being here and feeling the heartfelt pleas from the Mothers Committee makes me more determined than ever.”
May they all rest in power, and never be forgotten. And bless you and your comrades in peace, Bruce Gagnon.
‘The Odessa Massacre in Detail- An Investigation’ nsnbc.me (news network and broadcasting collective – international), May 10, 2014 has some of the grisly early-days facts and photos and videos. Please be forewarned: the images will likely burn your retinas.
‘US Ambassador to Ukraine Gives Nazis Green Light’, Saturday, April 30, 2016’, also from space4peace.com, two snippets:
“US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt on Friday made a trip to Mariupol in eastern Ukraine to praise the May 9, 2014 neo-Nazi battalion shooting of unarmed people in Mariupol.” [snip]
“The events in Mariupol, Donetsk region (when neo-Nazi Azov fighters shot at a peaceful demonstration of residents on May 9, 2014) were hailed by Pyatt as an example of the struggle against the “Russian world” for all of Donbass during his meeting with representatives of the local government.”
Well, let’s take a look at Ambassador Pyatt’s Twit account: (although many are in Ukrainian)
“Meanwhile, a vast majority of Ukrainians have little trust in the success of these reforms [he’d listed at length earlier]. Because of perceptions of corruption, the persistent power of oligarchs, incompetence, or a lack of real commitment, public support seems to be lagging behind.
At the same time, Ukraine’s international partners have mobilized their traditional instruments to support the reforms. The EU has negotiated an agreement to establish a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, which should progressively open the trade gates and spur the necessary changes in rules and norms related to all economic sectors. In parallel, the EU has provided significant financial support, with around €11 billion ($12 billion) of assistance, mostly in loans from the European Investment Bank (€3 billion) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (€5 billion). Bilateral financial assistance from many sources, such as the United States and Germany, has been brought to Ukraine with the double purpose of promoting national exports and supporting investment efforts. Private investment has also been moving in, even though private capital outflows persist for the time being.”
Yeah, the Imperium’s PTB want Ukraine in their fold, and one day: in the EU and full tilt NATO members. My guess is, because: Panama Papers, Poroshenko’s days are numbered.
@nab_ukr : INL will provide U.S.SWAT officers to train with NABU’s tactical officers on the execution of high-risk warrants @GeoffPyatt @USEmbassyKyiv
from Banderist Miller at the Kyi Post:
‘President Poroshenko’s Problems and the Crisis of the US ‘Ukrainian Project’
Poroshenko’s succession of political setbacks reflects his regime’s unsavory history’ by Stephen F. Cohen, April 13, 2016
‘Is War With Russia Possible? The US is undermining opportunities for cooperation in Syria and Ukraine, while escalating NATO’s military presence near Russia’, by Stephen F. Cohen, May 4, 2016-05-05
‘US ‘Information War’ and the Embryonic Kerry–Lavrov Détente; Is the recent tsunami of anti-Putin news reports meant to undermine US–Russian negotiations on Syria and Ukraine? by Stephen F. Cohen