Ukrainian antifascist Alexey Albu speaks at European Parliament

By Alexey Albu

On July 12 in Brussels, Belgium, I made a statement in the European Parliament at a hearing organized by our comrade, a member of the faction of the United Left (GUE/NGL) Eleonora Forenza.

For the first time in the history of the European Parliament, the floor was given to Ukrainian antifascists and communists. For the first time in the history of the European Parliament, the conflict in Ukraine was considered not one-sidedly, from the position of the Ukrainian authorities, but the position of those who did not accept the coup d’état of 2014 and are still fighting ultra-nationalist extremism in Ukraine was presented.

Alexey Albu (right) and Eleonora Forenza (center) during presentation
at European Parliament in Brussels, July 12.
The hearing was also attended by prominent European politicians and public figures, EP MPs Javier Cousso and Tatyana Zhdanok, and other friends of the Ukrainian people who understand the perniciousness of the nationalist policies.

In my speech I noted that economic crisis always leads to the growth of extreme right-wing sentiments and suggested more active cooperation in the fight against nationalism and neo-fascism.

I also reminded the audience that the organizers and perpetrators of the massacre in Odessa have not yet been punished; the fact that the Ukrainian authorities do not comply with the Minsk agreements, have not yet released a single political prisoner, and have almost completely occupied the neutral zone; and that today’s Ukraine is a hotbed of fascism.

Photos via Eleonora Forenza and Alexey Albu
But the main thing is to say that this event would not be possible if not for our friends from Banda Bassotti.

It was they who, from the first days of the Civil War in Ukraine, spread the truth about the atrocities of the Ukrainian neo-Nazis, the bombing of peaceful cities and settlements of Donbass, and the massacre in Odessa.

It was Banda Bassotti that has been organizing antifascist caravans for several years, bringing European politicians and public figures to Donbass to see for themselves what is happening.

Comrades, thank you! Our strength lies in unity and solidarity!

No pasarán!


Translated by Greg Butterfield

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