The Antifascist Caravan arrived in Donbass to once again declare its solidarity with the struggle against Ukrainian fascism. On May 6, more than 50 representatives from nine countries visited Makeyevka and Gorlovka with the support of local committees of the Communist Party of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the correspondent of the Vperyod website reports.
Representatives of the caravan handed over humanitarian assistance to Makeyevka Pioneers and Komsomols, as well as to Gorlovka children and families of various social organizations. It was collected as part of the “Children of Donbass” campaign in many countries around the world over several months. In turn, the kids presented the foreign guests with crafts and drawings prepared for Victory Day.
In Makeyevka, Banda Bassotti together with the local orchestral and musical variety group “Miners’ Dawn” performed for the city residents. The two bands performed both Soviet and Italian songs, such as “Katyusha” and “Bella Chao.” The concert took place in the Butovo Palace of Culture, a few kilometers from the front line.
“Honestly, we are not used to performing together with an orchestra, because we are a punk band. But it was a great honor for us to have the opportunity to perform with comrades from Donbass,” Cacchione continued.
“The first time we came was in 2014. Despite some organizational problems, this support group has expressed itself as a very powerful anti-fascist international force. Since then, they have been collecting money from year to year, campaigning in their countries. This has already taken on an international scope. It’s good that people from all over the world come here. All of them understand that fascism is evil, it’s scary. We, as communists, understand that fascism is the product of imperialism, the ideology of imperialism. As long as there is imperialism, there will be fascism, because one thing is impossible without the other, “said Tatyana Desyatova, representative of the communist brigade of the Moscow Communist Party of the Russian Federation.
In Gorlovka, the Antifascist Caravan visited monuments erected in memory of dead fighters of the Civil War and Great Patriotic War, as well as to the victims of the current conflict in the Donbass. The anti-fascists were especially attracted to the monument to heroes of the Gorlovka armed uprising of 1905 — the largest uprising against tsarism during the first Russian Revolution.
As a result of the visit, the foreign delegates announced their intention to continue rendering all possible assistance to the people of Donbass, because they consider this struggle to be their own.