90th Anniversary Celebration in Kiev, Ukraine
BY VLADIMIR PRONIN
The celebration of the Great October Socialist Revolution
tradition which now was marred by the present Ukrainian regime
barring us from marching on the main Kreshchatik Blvd. to the monument
to Lenin in Kiev. This was done in collusion with the present
regime and the Kiev authorities, together with the leadership of the
present fascist-nationalists in power, did everything possible to
sabotage the meaning of this 90th Anniversary event. The “reason” they
publicly gave was that the authorities did not want any battles between
us (thousand strong) and the
nationalistic demonstrators whose number was about 50 people! The
authorities brought in an army of internal troops, commandos and also
rapid response battle-ready troops of Internal Security of Ukraine.
In spite of this provocation, in spite of the bitter cold and also in
spite that this was a working day
(since the November 7th Holiday was
outlawed even by former Leonid Kuchma in year 2000) there were
thousands of people, the likes that was not seen in Kiev for a long
time. We had to change our route from the walls of the legendary
“Arsenal” to the European Square where a mass meeting took place.
In front of the marchers were the Communist Youth, dressed in uniforms
of the Revolutionary Sailors and Red Revolutionary soldiers of 1917.
These marches carried a sea of red flags, portraits of Lenin, Stalin
and Dzerzhinski, while signs and slogans were “Peace to the world!” “Power to the
Soviets!”, “The Ideals of Great October are alive and will live!”,
“Down with Capitalism!”, “The future is in another Revolution!”, “We
are against OUN-UPA and NATO!”, plus other revolutionary slogans.
The speakers were communists and non-party people, workers, farmers,
representatives of the working and progressive intelligencia from Kiev
and other cities, plus representatives of the Socialist parties. All
demanded the ousting of President Yushenko, to struggle against the
campaign to rehabilitate and recognize as hero-veterans these Hitler’s
helpers of OUN-UPA as veterans.
At the end of this 90th Anniversary Meeting, the head of CC Communist
Party of Ukraine, Peter Simonenko asked for unity of all the people and
struggle against the creeping neo-fascism in the Ukraine. “A New Socialist Revolution is ahead of
us. Wed will have unity of out brothers and sisters as we had before”
This human manifestation adopted a “Plea
to the Workers of Ukraine” in which it called for higher
revolutionary activity of the workers to struggle against the
nationalist, quasi-fascism that is being promoted, abetted and financed
by the government of President Yushenko. The workers must struggle and
demand the lowering of taxes and the price gouging on every day goods.
Workers should not ask the exploiters but organize and stop these
private capitalist robbers in their tracks. This can only be
accomplished by a united working class and the urgent need for the
formation of a Left United Front in
Ukraine, headed by Communists!
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