Saturday, March 07, 2015

Defend the Donbas!


   by New Worker correspondent

COMRADES and friends heard stirring calls for solidarity with the anti-fascist fighters of Novorossiya at a well-attended meeting in central London last week. Speakers from the Solidarity with the Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine (SARU) movement along with New Communist Party and Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (ML) leaders were as one in their support for the partisans and all the Ukrainian people struggling against the puppet regime in Ukraine.
            Alex Gordon from SARU stressed the leading role of the communists in the Novorossiyan militias and David Ayrton stressed the need to build the solidarity movement in Britain to counter the lies of the imperialists and their craven apologists in the labour movement that are being used to justify open British intervention to prop up the Kiev regime.
            Michael Chant of the RCPB (ML) spoke about the right of the people of eastern Ukraine to self-determination and NCP leader Andy Brooks warned against the danger of escalation and mission creep following the news that British military advisers were being sent to Ukraine.
            Andy Brooks said:Anti-fascists in Britain and throughout the world who have rallied together to support the resistance in Ukraine are fighting an uphill battle against a mountain of misinformation, lies and confusion that is leading astray even some seasoned left-wingers who should know better.
“To its eternal shame the Labour Representation Committee, which aspires to be the voice of the left within the Labour Party, has positioned itself side-by-side with Anglo-American and Franco-German imperialism in supporting the Ukrainian Nazis and the puppet regime in Kiev.”
All these points, and many more besides, were taken up in the discussion that followed. There were many differing views on how we build the solidarity campaign within the labour and peace movement in Britain but everyone agreed on the need to stand by the Donbas workers defending their people’s republics against fascism and imperialism.
   The meeting was chaired by Theo Russell from the NCP London District, which has sponsored a number of New Worker public meetings at Euston’s Cock Tavern over the past few years. Plans for future topics include Greece and the Middle East crisis.

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