by New Worker correspondent
A GROUP of London anti-fascists, including communists and trade unionists, staged a picket outside the Ukrainian embassy in west London on the evening of Tuesday 22nd July to protest at repression in Ukraine.
The picket was organised by Solidarity with Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine (SARU) to express outrage at ongoing military operations in eastern Ukraine and the recent vote by the Verkhovna Rada to dissolve the communist faction in the parliament on Wednesday.
David Ayrton, speaking on behalf of SARU said that the banning of the communist MPs will translate into the scores of people voting for the party having their democratic rights removed.
Protesters also spoke up against the media coverage of the downed Malaysian flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, criticising the haste attribution of guilt to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Two days later news broke that a local secretary of the Communist Party of Ukraine was tortured and killed by National Guard Posted. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Kovshun, the 58-year-old secretary of the primary party organisation of the Communist Party of Ukraine in the village of Glinky, the member of the village council of the Starobeshevo district of the Donetsk region was tortured to death at the National Guard checkpoint near the village Luzhky.
A phone link to him broke up during the night of July 22nd. And in the morning the tortured body of a communist with numerous bruises and gunshot wounds to the legs and to the chest was discovered in a pool of blood.