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Protesters demand justice for the victims of the Odessa House of Trade Unions massacre

PROTESTERS will rally outside Downing Street tomorrow afternoon to call for an international investigation into the massacre of trade unionists in the Ukrainian city of Odessa five years ago.

The activists are supporting a call from the Odessa Solidarity Campaign in US capital Washington calling on Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelensky to allow an international probe to take place.

Forty-two people are confirmed to have died when a fascist mob set fire to Odessa’s House of Trade Unions, where socialists and trade unionists had taken refuge on May 2 2014 following clashes with right-wing supporters of the Maidan coup that toppled elected Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych that February.

Ukraine’s government has deployed neonazis in the Azov and Aidan battalions against anti-fascist resistance forces in the east, and an internal investigation has not brought anybody to justice over the Odessa carnage.

Protests are expected tomorrow in Odessa, Moscow, Washington, Vienna and Budapest. The London event, taking place from 4-5.30pm, is organised by members of Solidarity with the Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine, Socialist Fight and the New Communist Party.

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