So, here we are again. The old and tired brawling in Ukraine continues despite the current collapse of the country. Two marginal, admittedly ‘left’ sects in Ukraine, amidst a fascist coup and far-right terror on streets, try to accuse the leftwing forces and organizations that organize anti-fascist resistance. (Statement of left and anarchist organizations about Borotba organization).
It’s not for the first time, however, the dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.
Despite the irrelevance of the statement against Borotba, we need to clear up some facts. The statement that “Borotba union is not a part of our movement” is true in some aspects. We are not part of the movement that tried to collaborate with far-right and Nazi forces that dominate in the Euromaidan protest. We are not part of the movement that – like those small sects – tried to hide their ‘leftism’ in Euromaidan while actually helping to bring to power open Nazis and just another clan of oligarchs that accepts IMF loans and austerity measures.
We are not part of the movement that actually backs clerical, conservative and reactionary sentiments. The signatures of the smearing statement just pretend to be anti-conservative at the same time backing nationalist, clerical and anti-semitic protests in Euromaidan. Some of them have given in to patriotic intoxications – ready to be enlisted in the army in order to defend a nazi-junta and its oligarchs. A hundred years after WWI beginning, and we are at the same situation again.
We are not part of the movement that takes sides according to orders given from NGOs. We are not part of the movement that tries to hide left symbolic and social slogans in the current situation. We are not part of the movement that buys into nationalist and patriotic hysteria spreading all over the country. We are not part of the movement that tries to defend the coup on behalf of Nazis, oligarchs and IMF. We are not part of the movement that tries to diminish the role of Nazis in Euromaidan or even whitewash their image when even mainstream western media show far-right paramilitaries roaming over the streets. See two BBC reports here and here.
In short, we are not the part of the movement that has nothing in common with a left and antifascist stance. We are and have always been a leftwing and antifascist organization. We condemn the ex-regime of Yanukovich and the new far-right government as well. We condemn Russian and Western interference in Ukrainian affairs as well as militarist patriotic intoxication induced by the new power in Kyiv.
We stay strong on our left positions, though we are targeted by boneheads and far-right nationalists from Right Sector and ‘Svoboda’ paramilitaries. Our office in Kiev was recently looted and ransacked. Our members are victims of far-right violence. Some activists of the Borotba Union had to go underground in order to continue the anti-fascist struggle. And in such a situation, the statement smearing us seems to be a addressed to far-right militants.
As for the recent events in Kharkiv (March 1, 2014), we should highlight the following facts. There was a mass rally of different forces opposing the Euromaidan. People decided to liberate the building of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration, seized earlier by Euromaidan supporters. After negotiations, most Euromaidan supporters agreed to leave the building. Some militants (mostly from the Right Sector but some liberals too) rejected the decision of Euromaidan majority and decided to stay in. Activists of Borotba participated in the mass rally near the building, carrying on agitation of an internationalist and anti-fascist stance (we were criticized for that by some pro-Russian citizens). The mass rally rushed to storm the seized building after someone threw into the crowd a flash-bang grenade. A crowd burst into building and captured some of the militants from Right Sector and a group of liberals that stayed with them (including poet Serhiy Zhadan). Then followed attempts at lynching by the excited crowd. Activists of Borotba tried to stop by all possible means the lynching of captured Euromaidan supporters.
So, the accusation against Borotba is not only irrelevant but looks like sheer hypocrisy from those who tried to ignore the practice of lynching dissenters regularly made by far-right Euromaidan supporters in Kiev and other cities. All the accusations of Borotba Union are sheer slander by some pro-nationalists groups or individuals.
We firmly follow internationalist antifascist and class line as our basic stance. We are against both Russian and Ukrainian nationalisms, being used solely for dividing the working class and plundering further the country. We do not back Russian nationalist organizations, nor Ukrainian ones. All the smear campaigns against our organization led by far-right groups and repeated by some admittedly ‘left’ groups will not stop us from organizing anti-fascist resistance.
No gods, no masters, no nations, no borders!
Workers of all countries – unite!